creating chamber music residencies that celebrate community and the transformative power of music
Sharing a passion for chamber music and a strong belief that everyone in any community should have the opportunity to find a personal connection with music, violinist Becky Anderson and pianist Mika Sasaki joined forces to create imaginative programs of the violin-piano repertoire that can forge lasting and meaningful connections with audiences. Together, the Anderson-Sasaki Duo presents unique concerts and educational workshops that encourage dialogue and guide listeners through a personal musical exploration. They aim to share their zeal for the chamber music literature and the artistic process of performance with as many audiences as possible.
The award-winning artists have garnered much acclaim as soloists, collaborators, and educators, individually, each pursuing a multitude of artistic projects, appearing in major concert venues around the world, and collaborating with renowned ensembles. Both alumni of Music@Menlo and The Juilliard School, the duo began collaborating during their two-year fellowship with Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW), during which they took part in dozens of chamber music performances at Carnegie Hall, Skidmore College, public schools, and community venues around New York City and Saratoga Springs. More recently, they performed and taught at the Juilliard Summer Performing Arts in Geneva, Switzerland, and are preparing for their inaugural residency in Portland, Oregon, in the spring.
Violinist Rebecca Anderson is a versatile soloist and chamber musician based in New York City and Philadelphia. Her recent appearances include solo performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, contemporary music premieres with The Knights and members of eighth blackbird, and collaborative projects with Questlove and Ben Folds.
Ms. Anderson is the newest member of the Vera Quartet. Her passion for chamber music has led to festival appearances with Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, the Savannah Music Festival, and Music From Angel Fire. She has performed on concerts presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, as well as appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Library of Congress.
Ms. Anderson was a first prize winner at the 2013 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition. Other awards include the bronze medal and Bach Award at the Stulberg International String Competition, as well as the youngARTS Gold Award, which led to being named a Presidential Scholar in both the Arts and Academics.
Ms. Anderson is founding co-director of VOTESart, an organization that uses music to promote voter registration and civic engagement across the country. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she is an alumna of the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW).
Pianist Mika Sasaki is a sought-after recitalist, chamber musician, and educator whose performances and teaching have taken her to the U.K., Italy, Japan, Switzerland, and throughout the U.S. Her solo debut album, Obsidian: Mika Sasaki plays Clara Schumann, released on Yarlung Records in 2016, was highly acclaimed by the Online Merker as “illuminat[ing] the artistic inspiration and creative exchange between three Romantic souls,” Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms, and was recently featured on Radio Sweden.
A versatile pianist praised for her musicianship, Dr. Sasaki has been invited to festivals such as Music@Menlo, Tanglewood, Rushmore, Estherwood, Chigiana, pianoSonoma, Taos, Yellow Barn, Aspen, Metropolis Ensemble “5 Nights, 11 Pianists,” the Focus! Festival at Lincoln Center, the Charles Ives Concert Series, and more recently, the Nord Anglia Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard in Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr. Sasaki is the pianist of Ensemble Mélange, a sextet ensemble that uniquely invites audience members to choose what they want to hear from a program “menu.” She is an alumna of the Peabody Conservatory (B.M., M.M.), Ensemble Connect, and The Juilliard School (D.M.A.), where she was a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow and received the Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship upon graduation.
Based in New York City, Dr. Sasaki teaches piano and keyboard skills courses in the Evening and College Divisions at Juilliard.