Jason Sah

Jason Sah is a native of Long Island, NY. He began studying the violin at age 7, most notably with Lazar Gosman. Upon acceptance to the Bachelor program at the Eastman School of Music, he studied with Oleh Krysa, Zvi Zeitlin and Catherine Tait. He changed to viola in his senior year, and soon began the Masters program at the University of Southern California as a full scholarship student of Donald McInnes. Upon graduation, he went to Europe to pursue post-graduate work with Tomas Riebl at the Salzburg Mozarteum. In 2004, he returned to the Eastman School of Music to attain a DMA in Viola Performance and Literature with George Taylor. He served as George Taylor’s Doctoral Teaching Assistant at Eastman and the University of Rochester, and during the summer at the Meadowmount School of Music and the Stowe International Music Festival.

Jason has concertized around the world as a soloist, recitalist, and orchestral player. He toured extensively as a member of the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de los Artes, and held title positions with the OSSLA Camerata and Ars Contemporaneous de Culiacan. He has also toured with the Salzburg Camerata, Salzburg Kammerphilarmonie, and Eastman Broadband. He has appeared in concert at the Cervantino International Music Festival, the Chihuahua International Music Festival, and with the Skaneateles Festival and Malaysian National Festival Orchestras.

Mr. Sah is former Professor of Violin and Chair of the Chamber Music Department at the Juan N. Corpas University in Bogota, Colombia. In that capacity, he taught chamber music, sonata class, orchestral repertoire, and full-string sectionals. He has taught viola and chamber music during the summers at the A Tempo International Music Festival, the Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Festival, the Blue Lake Performing Arts Festival, the Flatirons Summer String Academy, the St. Mary’s University Chamber Music Intensive, and the Stowe School for Strings. Jason has a special affinity for working with under-privileged children. He first started working with struggling programs in South Central LA, and later collaborated with the Seattle Youth Symphony and Seattle Chamber Music Society to help build string programs in the Greater Seattle Public School System. He has taught alongside instructors from El Sistema, and has been a guest teacher of Tocar y Luchar, the Colombian version of El Sistema.

Today Jason is Director of the Orchestral Academy at the Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts, and Artistic Director of the Tuacahn Summer Music Sessions. He is an Artist-in-Residence at St. Mary’s University of Winona, MN, and teaches at their summer chamber music intensive. He is also viola faculty at the Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop at CA State, Humboldt. This is his first year at the Montecito International Music Festival.