SEEING DOUBLE is a unique concert of all duo violin music, proving that the music of two violins can be much more than the sum of their parts! The audience will be taken on a journey from Baroque to Jazz, with compositions by Telemann, Leclair, Mozart, Halvorsen, Bartok, Prokofiev, Martinu, Rosza, Summer, Chepaitis, and O'Connor, just to name a few!
Longtime best friends, Sarah Whitney and Julia Salerno began performing duo violin concerts while studying together at the University of Michigan. Though currently residing on opposite coasts, Julia as violin/viola professor at Eastern Washington University and Sarah as a violinist in the NYC based quintet Sybarite5, the concerts have continued over the past decade. This extraordinary opportunity to hear these friends in concert is not to be missed.
Photographer: Jaka Vinsek
Dr. Julia Salerno serves as professor of Violin and Viola at Eastern Washington University. Ms. Salerno has been a featured soloist with many orchestras, including the Northwest Philharmonia, Spokane Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, and the Walla Walla Symphony. Julia also appeared with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in Prague and presented a recital for their International Diplomat Series.
Early accomplishments include winning first prize and the festival medal in the 2000 Seattle Young Artists Music Festival; national finalist for the String division of the 2001 MTNA collegiate competition; and String Division Young Artist Winner of Musicfest Northwest in 2004. Salerno has also served as concertmaster of many orchestras, including three years at the University of Michigan. During their 2004 season, the UM orchestra made the GRAMMY Award winning recording of William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. Julia was concertmaster and a violin soloist in that recording.
While residing in Los Angeles, Ms. Salerno enjoyed a diverse musical experience, including a small appearance in the 2009 movie The Soloist, the 2009 Academy Awards Governors Ball Orchestra, a PBS Documentary honoring Ella Fitzgerald, and performances with musicians like Stevie Wonder and Natalie Cole. She also participated in chamber performances with principal musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and performed on the popular Classical Underground chamber music series with her USC piano trio.
Julia began Suzuki violin lessons at age two. Her teachers have included Kathleen Spring, Margaret Pressley, Stephen Shipps, Lyndon Johnston-Taylor, and Martin Chalifour. Julia was a scholarship student at several summer festivals including the Encore School for Strings, Indiana University Summer String Academy, and the Meadowmount School of Music. Julia graduated with a DMA in Violin Performance from the University of Southern California in May 2010. She was awarded major scholarships for music study at the University of Michigan and University of Southern California, where she received her B.M. and M.M., respectively, in violin performance summa cum laude.
Julia enjoys collaborating with colleagues for frequent chamber performances around the Northwest, including several appearances at the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. She also performs around the US in the violin duo "SEEING DOUBLE" along with violinist Sarah Whitney of Sybarite5. Julia enjoys teaching a wide range of students and has a large private studio spanning Spokane to Walla Walla. Julia serves as co-director of the Walla Walla Suzuki Institute, and also enjoys teaching in Vermont at the Green Mountain Suzuki Institute each summer.
Praised by the Washington Post for her “marvelous violin acrobatics”, violinist Sarah Whitney is known for her musical versatility and has been heard worldwide across stages in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and the United States. She is a member of the acclaimed string quintet SYBARITE5, one of the fastest rising chamber music ensembles in the United States, and she is recognized as a pioneer in changing the perception of classical music and the way it is presented.
Based in New York City, SYBARITE5 is the first string quintet to win the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, giving their Carnegie Hall debut in 2012. SYBARITE5, whose album Disturb the Silence reached the top ten on the Billboard Charts, has also performed at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Aspen, Caramoor, Chautauqua and Ravinia Festivals, and on the CBS Early Show. This past spring SYBARITE5 premiered the world’s first concerto for string quintet and orchestra by Dan Visconti with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sarah is also recognized as a soloist, most recently with the New York Virtuosi Orchestra and is the artistic director and founder of Beyond the Notes, an innovative concert series that breaks down the boundaries between the audience and the performers. Sarah also performs regularly in the Seeing Double Duo with acclaimed violinist Julia Salerno, having been featured on the Rochester Chamber Music Society, New York City House Concerts and the First Parish Concert Series. She is co-founder of the Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra which has been featured on Mashable, Perez Hilton, Revolt TV, as well as with the rapper NAS in Johannesburg, South Africa. Additionally, Sarah has also been featured on-stage with Ellie Goulding, the Transiberian Orchestra, Jeff Beck, Anne Murray, Andrew Wyatt, Tommy Lee and with Father John Misty on The Late Show with Dave Letterman.
Active as a recording artist, Sarah has been featured on albums with Darlene Love, Josh Ritter, Stephen Kellogg, Mark Geary, Etienne Charles and Matt Nakoa, and can be heard on William Bolcom's Grammy-winning album The Songs of Innocence and Experience. She has performed electric-violin with renowned DJ’s Doug E. Fresh and DJ Spooky, as well as opening for Jennifer Hudson and Diana Ross.
Sarah has extensive teaching experience and regularly gives masterclasses and workshops to students of all levels. She has served as faculty at Music in Chappaqua, The Music School of New York City and the Walla Walla Suzuki Institute. Her Suzuki training was under the leadership of pedagogue Kimberly Meier-Sims and she was named co-director of the Sato Center Outreach Group at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies in Cleveland, leading the group in concerts throughout the city. Her reputation and devotion to sound practice techniques led STRINGS Magazine to feature Sarah in The Art of Mindful Practice, published in the February 2015 issue.
Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Michigan School of Music and Master of Music and Professional Studies degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has been a scholarship student at many music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Music Academy of the West and the Meadowmount School of Music. Her teachers include Paul Kantor, William Preucil, Kathleen Winkler, Aaron Berofsky, Cyrus Forough, Stephen Shipps and Irina Muresanu.