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 Diana Krall, 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 Pippin, 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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an active soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician throughout the Washington DC area — Regino 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.
Hrant Parsamian is a prize winner in international competitions including the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition, the Montgomery Symphony Fellowship, the Olga Koussevitzky Competition, and the HAMS Cello Competition in Chicago, Illinois. He has appeared as soloist with Houston Symphony under Maestro Hans Graf and Maestro Carlos Prieto, performing the Haydn D Major Cello concerto, Haydn C Major with Symphony in C and Virtuosi de Gravata in Brasil and Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with the Lyric Theater in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Born in Bulgaria, Hrant Parsamian started the cello under the guidance of his mother. His first recital was at the age of six. Two years later he gave his debut as a soloist performing J.C. Bach’s Cello Concerto. In Bulgaria he also studied with international performer and educator Univ.-Prof. Anatoly Krastev. Hrant Parsamian holds bachelor degree from The Univeritaet fuer Music und Darstellende Kunst in Wien, where he studied with Univ.-Prof. Angelika May and chamber music with Univ.-Prof. Johannes Meissl . Hrant received full scholartships at The Juilliard School (Bachelor of Music), and Yale School of Music (Masters of Music) where he was under the tutelage of renowned cellist Aldo Parisot and the Tokyo String Quartet. In 2010 Hrant Parsamian won a position with the United States Army Band where he co-found the Cello Workshop and performed as soloist on numerous occasion.
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cellist Caroline Bean’s musical endeavors cover the span of solo, chamber, and orchestral playing. As a soloist, Carrie has performed with the Florida Orchestra and the Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra of Cleveland. As a chamber musician Carrie has appeared at the Norfolk and Sarasota chamber music festivals, held a two-year residency at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia with the Atlas Piano Trio, and performs throughout New York City in such notable venues as Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the 92nd St. Y, and Le Poisson Rouge. She has collaborated with such artists as Jaime Laredo, Sarah Chang, Charles Neidich, and Rolf Schulte.
a native of Armenia, Armine 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. Armine plays with the National Symphony Orchestra as a guest musician and is a member of the National Philharmonic.
A native of Fairfax, VA, Violinist Nancy has a busy musical career as an orchestral player, chamber musician and teacher in the Metropolitan DC area. Ms. Jin currently performs with the Fairfax and Alexandria Symphonies, Virginia Chamber Orchestra, Amadeus Orchestra, National Philharmonic, and frequently performs at the Kennedy Center. She was formally a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (CT) and has also played with the National Symphony Orchestra and Richmond Symphony. As a soloist, Nancy performed The Four Seasons by Vivaldi with the Winchester Orchestra. Nancy is a founding member of Virginia Virtuosi and also a member of the Sage String Quartet. As a dedicated pedagogue, Ms. Jin is a certified Suzuki teacher and teaches a thriving studio of violin students in Ashburn, VA. Nancy holds degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music and Yale University School of Music. She has spent her summers at Chautauqua Music Festival, ENCORE School for Strings, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute and Spoleto Music Festival in South Carolina. Her teachers have included Vernon Summers, Linda Cerone, Syoko Aki as well as members of the Tokyo String Quartet and Miami String Quartet.
a native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Audrey picked up her first violin at the age of three and a half. She has traveled across the globe performing in an array of solo, chamber music, and orchestral settings. Prior to joining Excelsa Quartet in 2014, Audrey spent the 2013-14 season as a Violin Fellow at the New World Symphony (NWS) led by Michael Tilson Thomas. Audrey has performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Discovery Ensemble in Boston, MA, as guest artist of Borromeo String Quartet and the Boston Trio, and collaborated with pianist Christopher O’Riley on the national radio program From the Top. Recent summer festival appearances include the Verbier Festival, Kneisel Hall School of Music, and the McGill International String Quartet Academy. Audrey is currently earning a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, studying with David Salness. She completed her undergraduate studies with Lucy Chapman at the New England Conservatory, earning the prestigious NEC Chadwick Medal in 2011, and received a Master of Music from NEC in 2013. During her time there, she discovered a love of painting in watercolor which has spurred a determination to combine her love of music with her other interests in visual art, dance, and the culinary arts. Audrey plays on a violin bow made in 2000 by Paul Siefried generously on loan from The Maestro Foundation.
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 plays with the National Symphony Orchestra and maintains a large private teaching studio.
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, Sarah 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.
a native of Alexandria, Virginia, Sean 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, Saskia 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.
Tiffany made her solo debut in St. Petersburg, Russia, at age seventeen. She has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Wolf Trap Opera, National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Washington National Opera. Tiffany has attended prestigious festivals in Aspen and Breckenridge, Colorado, IMS Prussia Cove in the UK, and Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California. Deeply committed to promoting arts-integrated education, she was selected to participate in the 2013 Arts and Passion Driven Learning Institute at Harvard University, and is violist in the King String Quartet, a National Symphony Orchestra In-School Ensemble. Motivated to share music throughout her community, Tiffany is a co-founder of Sound Impact, and coordinator of the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation Arts Initiative. A pupil of Daniel Foster, Michael Tree, Carol Rodland and Ralph Fielding, she holds degrees from University of Maryland and the New England Conservatory of Music.