Sarah Brough Blomquist
Sarah Brough Blomquist joined the Pittsburgh Symphony second violin section in the fall of 1999 at the age of 22. Previously she served as Associate Principal second violin with the Canton Symphony. She has performed with the Cleveland, Utah, Akron, Youngstown, and Winston-Salem Symphonies as well.
A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Sarah soloed two times with the Utah Symphony as the winner of the Utah State Fair and Utah Symphony Youth Guild Competitions, respectively. In addition, she has soloed with the Westminster Chamber Orchestra and the North Carolina School of the Arts Orchestra. In 1997, Sarah received first prize in the International Music Program Competition, and performed a solo tour of France and Spain with the International Music Program Orchestra. Other competitions Sarah has won include the Stillman Kelly Competition, and the runner-up position in the Music Teachers National Association Competition.
As the first recipient of the Fletcher Scholarship, Ms. Blomquist earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1997, under the direction of Elaine Richey. Two years later, she received the Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, having studied under William Preucil.
Sarah has enjoyed the lively, emotional way the Pittsburgh Symphony performs, as it fits her own passionate style. Even at a young age, her playing has been described as "Incisive yet seductive," "Energetic," "Artful, and perfectly assertive." She enjoys playing the Pittsburgh chamber music scene where she has performed many eclectic works.