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Sara Caswell, Violin

Sara Caswell, violinRecognized as a “Rising Star” in both the 2013 and 2014 DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll and as one of the top jazz violinists in both the 2011 and 2012 JazzTimes Readers’ Poll, violinist Sara Caswell regularly performs with her two groups ~ the Sara Caswell Quartet and the Caswell Sisters Quintet ~ as well as Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Roseanna Vitro, mandolinist Joe Brent’s 9 Horses, clarinetist David Krakauer’s The Big Picture, and the genre-defying quartet Rose & the Nightingale.

She has toured extensively with Grammy winners bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding and violinist Mark O’Connor, soloed numerous times in Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, and performed or recorded with many artists including Regina Carter, Fred Hersch, Alan Ferber, Fabian Almazan, Nadje Noordhuis, Gene Bertoncini, and Skitch Henderson.

Currently on faculty at Manhattan School of Music’s Jazz Arts Division, Sara studied classical violin with Josef Gingold and jazz with David Baker, has won over 100 awards and first-place prizes in the jazz and classical competition worlds, and has released two highly-acclaimed solo CDs – First Song and But Beautiful – and most recently, a CD with her sister, vocalist Rachel Caswell, entitled Alive in the Singing Air.