Ms. Sasaki earned her Bachelors of Music degree studying under Albert Markov at the Manhattan School of Music and Laurie Smuckler at the State University at Purchase.
Ms. Sasaki has performed in orchestras in New York, Chicago, Switzerland, Germany, Venezuela and numerous tri-state ensembles, including the Ridgefield Symphony. She maintains an active studio at the Riverside School of Music in Greenwich, CT as well as teaching at The Stanwich School in Greenwich, CT.
After completing her studies in Wisconsin, Ms. Montenegro joined the National Symphony Orchestra in Colombia, South America. Since her return to the United States, she has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in the Metropolitan area, including the Spianato Winds and the Radley Woodwind Quintet. She has appeared as soloist with the Chappaqua Orchestra, New Jersey State Orchestra, Plainfield Symphony, New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, and Stretto Chamber Players. She has played principal oboe with the New Jersey State Orchestra, New York Chamber Orchestra, Plainfield Symphony, Virtuosi de Camera, and Suburban Symphony. In 1996 she recorded a CD entitled, “ The Oboe Soloist” for the Music Minus One Company.
Currently she is the Principal Oboist with the Chappaqua Symphony Orchestra. She serves as the High School Band Director of the Briarcliff Manor Public Schools, where she has taught since 1987.
Melanie and I were stand partners (we share a music stand in orchestra, sit side by side) at Manhattan School of Music many years ago. And our mothers played in a string quartet together. Sayuri and I met at the Orchestra of the Bronx, maybe 10 years ago. We occasionally play in orchestras together. Michael and I played in the Garden State Philharmonic right after Typhoon Haiyan and that's when we started talking about this benefit concert. Kirsten and I taught at Larchmont Music Academy and Camp Encore/Coda at the same time. We have performed some duos and decided to play the first movement of Duo No.1 by Martinu for this concert. Delia and I played Quintet by Prokofiev in Chappaqua chamber music series in 2012.
There is another cellist, Paul Swensen. I have not met him but he graciously took part in this project. He will be playing London Trio by Haydn with Delia and Melanie.
Last but not least I would like to introduce David Johnson, the music director of St.Paul's Episcopal Church, who will join us on organ and piano. This concert was not possible without him and we all really appreciate his help! I met him about 10 years ago when I first play in the pit orchestra of "the Carousel" in Greenwich and since then I have been playing at St.Paul's every Christmas Eve. And that's where I have gotten to play solo on Vivaldi's Winter concerto and recently, Brandenburg No.4 and Concerto for Oboe and Violin by Bach.
So you see all my connection with those amazing musicians. Come see us make music together!