||Acting Concertmaster Sarah Kwak, a Minnesota Orchestra member since 1988, has performed numerous solos with the Orchestra. Kwak, a 2008 McKnight Artist Fellowship winner, has also soloed with many orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and Curtis Chamber Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, she has toured internationally with the Casa Verde Trio, and has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, Pensacola Festival, Pittsburgh Summerfest, Bargemusic of New York and Festival Mozart in France. She was a founding member of the Rosalyra String Quartet, which gave its New York debut in 1996 and was awarded a McKnight Artist Fellowship in 2000. The ensemble has released several CDs on the Artegra label.
Born in Boston and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, Kwak entered Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute at age 12, studied briefly at the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik and graduated from Curtis at age 19. Among her teachers were Joseph Sivo, Ivan Galamian and Szymon Goldberg. The winner of numerous competitions, including the 1989 WAMSO Young Artist Competition, Kwak was also the first artist ever to capture all three memorial awards at the Washington International Competition. Before coming to the Twin Cities, she served on the faculty of Princeton University.
Kwak and her husband, Vali Phillips, currently reside in Edina. They have two children: Sophia, a junior at Amherst College and Peter, an Edina High School senior