Washington DC’s Premier String Quartet for Fine Events
Sage String Quartet- a classical music ensemble based in Washington, DC- creates extraordinary music for discriminating private and corporate clients. Under the direction of violinist/violist Kyung LeBlanc, Sage has become a celebrated and sought-after musical ensemble. Sage provides highly customized musical event entertainment and reflects the personality and essence of each client, whether it's for a once- in- a- lifetime wedding, annual celebrations, or private house concerts.
Kyung LeBlanc is a native of Korea. She maintains an active career as a chamber and orchestra musician in Washington, DC area. As an orchestra musician, she plays with Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra and with Washington National Opera Orchestra as a guest musician. Her freelance work has included performances with Smokey Robinson, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Irish Tenors, Johnny Mathis, Anne Murray, Josh Groban, among others. She has played as solo violin/viola in numerous musicals including The Book of Mormon, If/Then, Les Miserables, The King and I, Fiddler On the Roof. Ms.LeBlanc received a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Michigan and pursued further studies at Aspen Music Festival and School and at the Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music.
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a native of Wisconsin, was born into a musical family and began her violin studies shortly after her fourth birthday. Laura received both master's and bachelor's degrees in music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University, where she was a scholarship student of Martin Beaver and Pamela Frank, for whom she was a graduate assistant. Laura is active as a performer and teacher in metropolitan Washington, DC area. She frequently performs with the National Philharmonic, Maryland, among others
a native of South Pasadena, CA, recently made her debut with the Crown City Chamber Orchestra of Los Angeles, playing Haydn Cello Concerto. Maggie began her cello studies at the age of seven with Nancy Yamagata at The Colburn School. She earned Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University, where she served as the principal cellist of the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra. Upon graduation, Maggie played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, performing under such conductors as Bernard Haitink, Esa Pekka Salonen, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. She was a member of “Musicorp,” the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s music education and advocacy program. Maggie holds Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied under the tutelage of Alan Stepansky. Currently Maggie enjoys performing throughout Washington, DC area and maintains a large private teaching studio.
a native of Armenia, is a prize winner of the Izabel Violin, Tuesday Musical, and the Maia Chamber Music competitions. Having recently earned Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin from the Catholic University of America, she holds a master’s degree from the University of Iowa, and bachelor’s from Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan. Throughout her career, Armine has worked with world renowned artists such as Gidon Kremer, Christoph Eschenbach, Nigel Kennedy, and Kurt Masur. Her solo and chamber performances have brought her around the world including Spain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Canada. She has participated in Castleton Festival, Das Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and Kent/Blossom Music Festival where she received the Josef Gingold Award for her distinguished performance in chamber music. In 2012, Armine won a position with the National Philharmonic Orchestra.
earned her Bachelor and Master's Degrees in Performance from The Juilliard School where she studied with and served as teaching assistant to Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory. She is currently one of the principal violists of the Army Band, “Pershing's Own” Orchestra where she also performs stroll music, chamber music and is a founding member of the Contemporary Ensemble. She has been featured soloist with the Army Orchestra as well as with the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Theater Orchestra in New Jersey. Beth regularly plays with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Washington Opera Orchestra and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra.
holds degrees from Bowling Green State University (OH), the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the Colburn School in Los Angeles, CA. A native of Indianapolis, IN, Matthew recently joined the United States Air Force String Orchestra as a section violist. As a student, he was a prize winner in a number of reputable competitions including the CVS Solo Viola Competition, Michael Ben and Illene Kamisarow Young Artist Competition, BGSU and IU Concerto Competitions, Colorado College Summer Concerto Competition, and in the spring of 2010 was a chosen competitor in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition on the Isle of Man, UK, which have led to subsequent solo appearances with the Colorado College Festival Orchestra, IU Chamber Orchestra, Il Camerata di Vocci, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Also an avid chamber musician, he has appeared at the Norfolk (Yale), Manchester, Bern Konservatorium festivals as well as being a founding member of the Heiffler Piano Quartet and Syrinx Trio. Matthew's principal teachers include Csaba Erdelyi, Atar Arad, Mimi Zweig, and Paul Coletti.
a native of St. Louis, Missouri, has been a violist with “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra since January 2009. She has performed at the White House, at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra, in Japan with the Pacific Music Festival, and in Europe with the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana. Sarah received her Master of Music degree in Viola from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland in College Park with Dan Foster, Principal Violist of the National Symphony Orchestra.
an active soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician throughout the Washington DC area — is currently the Assistant Concertmaster of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra and regularly plays at the White House. He also currently serves as the concertmaster of the McLean Orchestra, and he occasionally plays as concertmaster for the Chesapeake Orchestra at St. Mary’s River Concert Series and the Alexandria Symphony. Regino received his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and regularly plays with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra. He has also participated in numerous music festivals such as Santa Barbara's Music Academy of the West, Holland Music Sessions, Musicorda, Idyllwilde (CA), and “Soundfest” (Cape Cod) with the Colorado Quartet.
a native of Alexandria, Virginia, maintains an active career as a recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Richard Aaron, he then pursued further studies at New England Conservatory, where he studied with Paul Katz and performed as the cellist of the Honors String Trio. Sean has received top prizes at several orchestra concerto competitions, including Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria, and has performed repeatedly as a soloist with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the Friday Morning Music Club orchestras. He has performed as a chamber musician and recitalist throughout the United States and Europe, and has participated in festivals including the Soesterberg International and Taos Music Festivals. Sean performs frequently in the Washington, DC area, where he has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at the Korean, German, French, and Austrian embassies, and the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage and Terrace Theatre. He maintains a large teaching studio, and his students have routinely been selected as members and principals for area orchestras, including district and county orchestras and the American Youth Philharmonic.
a native of New York, began her violin studies at the age of four. Saskia received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan where she studied with Stephen Shipps and her Masters of Music from Carnegie Mellon University under the tutelage of Cyrus Forough. She has participated in festivals such as the National Repertory Orchestra, L’Academie Internationale de Musique de Montpelier, Chautauqua School of Music amongst others. She currently maintains an active performance life as well as holding a position at the Library of Congress in the U.S. Copyright Office. Saskia plays with the Alexandria and Fairfax Symphonies, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Washington Concert Opera and others in the metro DC area. In her spare time, she is an avid runner and horseback rider.
a native of Kansas, Luke is an active chamber musician and frequently requested concertmaster in the Washington, DC area. He is a founding member of the West Garden Trio, the resident piano trio at the National Gallery of Art. He was a participant in the prestigious Julliard Quartet seminar, and has given master classes at the Eastern Music Festival and Gettysburg College. An experienced orchestral musician, he has performed with the National Symphony, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, and the Chicago Philharmic Orchestra, among many others, and has shared the stage with such greats as Ray Charles, Jay-Z, Josh Groban, Mary J. Blige, and the Judds. Since 2003, he has been a member of the United States Air Force Strings, and has given performances at the White House, Vice President’s Residence, State Department, the Grand Ole Opry, and has been featured on several nationally televised programs and various recordings. Luke began violin studies at age five, and holds degrees from the University of Kansas and Northwestern University.