Violinist Miho Saegusa, a versatile chamber musician and orchestral leader, has built a multifaceted career that allows her to cherish the spirit of collaboration with a deep commitment to musical integrity.
She is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, which has been named the 2017-2018 Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Praised by the Washington Post for “captivating” performances that draw from its notable “meld of intellect, technique, and emotions,” the Quartet is a prizewinner of the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London and has been in residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and the Curtis Institute of Music. Recent highlights include performances at the Kennedy Center, Women’s Musical Club of Toronto, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Wolf Trap, and Schneider Concerts in New York City. The Quartet is dedicated to bringing new works to life in addition to exploring the treasured works of the canon, commissioning works by Caroline Shaw, Paul Wiancko, Yevgeniy Sharlat, and Gabriella Smith. Ms. Saegusa’s passion for chamber music was ignited and nurtured through memorable summers at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Steans Institute, and Music@Menlo as well as on tours with Musicians from Marlboro. She has collaborated with venerated musicians such as Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Arnold Steinhardt, David Soyer, and Miriam Fried. In addition to chamber music, Ms. Saegusa loves the energy and intimacy of chamber orchestras. A longtime dream came true in 2017 when she became the newest member of the celebrated Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. For five seasons she served as Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and has been a guest with A Far Cry, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and NOVUS. Since 2001 Ms. Saegusa is a member of IRIS Orchestra, where she has held the Isaac Stern Concertmaster Chair on numerous occasions. Ms. Saegusa has been featured as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, IRIS Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Aspen Concert Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, and the Yale Symphony Orchestra. As the first recipient of the Aspen Music Festival and School’s Dorothy DeLay Fellowship, Ms. Saegusa performed in the Festival’s memorial tribute to Miss DeLay with the Aspen Chamber Symphony and conductor David Zinman. Additional honors include prizes at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Auditions, Wieniawski-Lipinski International Competition, Yehudi Menuhin International Competition, Juilliard Concerto Competition, and Yale University’s William Waite Competition. Ms. Saegusa is a Music Scholarship Award recipient from the Japanese American Association of New York. Born in Kitakyushu, Japan, Ms. Saegusa has played the violin since the age of five. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, and completed graduate work at The Juilliard School, earning her Master of Music and Artist Diploma. She is very grateful to her principal teachers Masao Kawasaki and Dorothy DeLay for their generosity, patience, and for encouraging curiosity. Since 2013 Ms. Saegusa has been a Valade Fellow and Instructor of Violin at the Interlochen Arts Camp, where she works with high school violinists and the Advanced String Quartet Program.