Irene Sazer

Internationally known founding member of Turtle Island String Quartet, soloist, recording artist, and respected educator, Sazer is an in-demand genre-hopping violinist/fiddler of many styles. She founded Real Vocal String Quartet and the School of Strings and String Improvisation in Berkeley, California. Sazer’s recording First Things First highlights her original songs. She has performed with Ali Akbar Khan, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Smoky Robinson, David Grisman, Linda Rondstadt, Bjork, and Billy Joel, performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and concert halls around the world. A grant awarded composer, she has also built a body of work in visual arts with a distinctive portfolio of drawings, paintings and films.