About Violin Performer, Sarena Hsu

Sarena Hsu holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Wei He. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the California State University of Sacramento, where she studied with renowned performer, Ian Swensen, and graduated with Magna Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi honors, and Pi Kappa Lambda music honors. Other teachers she has studied and worked with include Catherine Van Housen, Barbara Barber, and Zaven Melikian.

As an active orchestral player, Sarena is currently Assistant Principal 2nd violin of California Symphony and is also a member of the Stockton Symphony. Recent performances include Opera San Jose in child prodigy, Alma Deutscher's opera 'Cinderella', Opera Parallèle in jazz trumpeter, Terrence Blanchard’s opera ‘Champion’, Sacramento Philharmonic, Monterey Symphony, Modesto Symphony, and Napa Symphony. Sarena has also been a member of the North State Symphony and has performed with the Juneau Symphony, Sacramento Chorale Society, Livermore Valley Opera, and at the Mendocino Music Festival. Sarena has performed throughout North America and Europe in venues that include Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Munich Philharmonic Hall, Smetana Hall in Prague, SF JAZZ center, and Davies Symphony Hall.