Violinist Sandy Yamamoto has dazzled audiences in concerts around the globe for the past three decades as a soloist and as a member of the Miró Quartet. The New York Times describes her performance as playing with “explosive vigor and technical finesse.” With the Quartet, she performed on the major concert stages of the world, regularly concertizing in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. She was a recipient of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and Cleveland Quartet Award, won First Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, and was one of the first chamber musicians to be awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. She has shared the stage with many prominent musicians, including Leif Ove Andsnes, Joshua Bell, Eliot Fisk, Lynn Harrell, Midori, Jon Kimura Parker, and Pinchas Zukerman.
Ms. Yamamoto is an associate professor of practice in violin performance at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin and was the recipient of the 2016 Butler School of Music Teaching Excellence Award. She regularly presents recitals with the Butler Trio and Schumann Chamber Players, performs duo recitals with piano faculty members, and curates the Sandy Yamamoto and Friends concert series.
Sandy Yamamoto performs with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and in the summers, she teaches at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and performs regularly at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.
When she is not busy teaching and performing, Ms. Yamamoto enjoys spending time with her husband, Daniel, their two sons, Adrian and Brian, her cat, Poko, and two gerbils, Silas and Sawyer.
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