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Janis Sakai


As a violinist, Janis Sakai has performed orchestral, chamber music, and solo works internationally. She has been studying the violin since the age of 5, winning numerous awards in competitions such as the Society of American Musicians, the Walgreens Concerto Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition among others, and she has performed in master classes for Yo-Yo Ma, Ruggerio Ricci, Midori, The Pacifica Quartet, The Tokyo String Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, the Silk Road Ensemble, and Pinchas Zuckerman.

In addition to performing with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Second Violin, Janis served as Co-Concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for the past two years. Prior to this, she performed with the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan for three years. Since moving back to the U.S., Janis has performed with the Colorado Symphony, Music of the Baroque, the New World Symphony, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, among others. Janis holds degrees from the University of Denver and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where her primary teachers were Yumi-Hwang Williams and Detlef Hahn.

What's your favorite musical memory?  Performing Beethoven's 9th Symphony with 10,000 singers at Osaka-Jo Hall with my former orchestra, The Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra.

What's an interesting fact about yourself? I've hiked Mt. Fuji twice and held a Puffin (not at the same time!)