If today’s Olympic Games gave medals for musical performance like their predecessors in ancient Greece did, there can be little doubt that the gold medal for post-collegiate violin playing would be awarded to Mishkan Torah’s own Sarah Saviet. The violin virtuoso has just completed her Performance Diploma studies at Indiana University which she had attended since 2007 as one of only 24 entering freshman to be named a Wells Scholar. She is the winner of the recent Indiana University Concerto Competition, where she performed Alban Berg’s technically demanding Violin Concerto with the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra.
Local music fans will have one last chance to see this extraordinary artist perform at Mishkan Torah Synagogue in Greenbelt, Maryland on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at two in the afternoon. Thereafter, Ms. Saviet is travelling to Berlin, Germany to commence a three year course of study for her Masters at the University of the Arts in Berlin after being awarded both a Fulbright and a grant from the Deutscher Akaemischer Austauch Dienst (“DAAD”), a publicly funded organization of German scholastic institutions provided financial support to foreign scholars who want to study in Germany.
Ms. Saviet’s list of musical accomplishments is already a lengthy one. At Indiana University, she studied with Jorja Fleezani, performed regularly with the New Music Ensemble, and taught in the string academy. This past March she performed in Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls as part of a collaboration with composer Kaija Saariaho and cellist Annsi Kartunnen led by the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshops. She has given concerts in Switzerland with the new music group Eighth Blackbird, and chamber music collaborations with Alex Kerr, Eric Kim, and Jorja Fleezanis. She also served for the past two years as first violinist for a student/faculty quartet founded by Atar Arad, former violist of the Cleveland Quartet.
Prior to going to Indiana, Sarah studied music at Peabody Preparatory, where she won the full concerto competition. She has been a prize winner in other musical competitions as well, including the MTNA National String Competition, ASTA String Competition, Friday Morning Music Club Competition, and the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Feder Competition. Besides at Mishkan Torah, Sarah has soloed frequently in the metropolitan area, including performances with the Peabody Sinfonietta and the Landon Symphonette. Sarah has performed in the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall as a winner of the National Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition, and at no less a venue than New York’s celebrated Carnegie Hall as a member of the New York String Orchestra under the baton of Jamie Laredo. At Peabody Preparatory, Sarah served as the concertmaster of the Sinfonietta as well as playing with the Conservatory’s Symphony Orchestra. She has attended many summer festivals including the Sarasota Music Festival, ENCORE School for Strings, and the Orford Arts Center. Sarah plays a violin that has been loaned to her by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Sarah is the daughter of Mishkan Torah members Elizabeth Ahmann and Richard Saviet.
Tickets for the concert may be ordered from Mishkan Torah Synagogue, 10 Ridge Road, Greenbelt, Maryland 20770 or on the Mishkan Torah website (http://www.mishkantorah.org/saviet). The price is $15 for adults if ordered or reserved before August 22, 2012, and $10 for children. Treat yourself to a wonderful musical experience at the end of summer, and see a star musician with a brilliant future before her.