Short Biography

Sarita Kwok
Kate Lemmon

SARITA KWOK has distinguished herself one of the most captivating and sophisticated performers to emerge from the ranks of Australia’s classical musicians. Described by the New York Times as a “fine young violinist”, she has been enthralling audiences since she was named Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year (Strings) in 1998. Her cosmopolitan musical career has included performances as a solo artist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, and as a featured soloist with the major orchestras of her native Australia. She has been a prize-winner at the Kloster Schöntal, Gisborne , and Lipinski/Wieniawski international competitions.

A committed chamber musician, Sarita has appeared in performances at Zankel and Weill Recital Halls at Carnegie Hall, Sapporo’s Kitara Hall (Japan), Villa Medici (Italy), Théâtre du Jeu de Paume, and Salle Olivier Messaien (France), Melbourne Concert Hall (Australia) and has been featured at the Aldeburgh, Pacific, Aix-en-Provence, Norfolk and Rockport music festivals, amongst others.

Sarita received critical acclaim for her recording Ezra Laderman’s last three string quartets for Albany records. Her recent recording of Martin Bresnick’s Josephine the Singer for solo violin was described by Gramophone as “gorgeously executed”. Her 2016 CD, Interchange: Violin and Piano Duos of the 20th Century, was described by Deutschlandfunk as "electrifying". The Arabella String Quartet's album with Naxos (May 2017) "In the Moment" was named Album of the Week by ClassicFM and was praised by The Strad magazine as “an artfully balanced mix of rarities … this is a fine disc, the Arabella digging deep to produce performances of great intensity and poise”.

The former director of the undergraduate lessons program at Yale, and a Yale faculty member for 8 years, Sarita now holds the Adams Endowed Chair in music, and serves as Professor of Music and chair of the Department of Music at Gordon College, Massachusetts. She received her doctorate from the Yale School of Music. 

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