Grammy Award-winning cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio first leapt to international
attention when she was a winner at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky
Violoncello Competition in Moscow, Russia. As a result of her medal, Carnegie
Hall invited Ms. Sant'Ambrogio to perform a recital that was filmed by CBS
News as part of a profile about her, which was televised nationally. The New
York Times described Ms. Sant'Ambrogio's New York debut as "sheer pleasure,"
saying “There was an irresistible warmth in everything Miss Sant’Ambrogio did.”
Ms. Sant'Ambrogio has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as Atlanta,
the Beijing Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Budapest, Chicago, Dallas, Moscow State
Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Osaka Century Orchestra
(Japan), The Royal Philharmonic, St. Louis, San Francisco and Seattle; she has
performed thousands of concerts on six continents at the world’s major music
centers and festivals including Aspen, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Hollywood
Bowl, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, the Konzert Huset in Stockholm,
Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Musikverein in Vienna, Ravinia, Orchard and Suntory
Halls in Tokyo and Great Mountain Festival in Korea.
Always looking to push the boundaries of classical music, Sara has performed
with Sting, Trudie Styler, and Joshua Bell in the production of “Twin Spirits,” the
story of the love affair between Robert and Clara Schumann. The Los Angeles
Times said, “Joshua Bell and Sara Sant’Ambrogio played with lyrical
restraint and lovely tone.” A track from Sara’s solo CD, "Dreaming," was
featured as the opening soundtrack of the HBO award winning documentary, "A
Matter of Taste" and another was featured on the soundtrack for the
documentary “Jones Beach Boys.” Most recently her recordings were featured
in the documentary “Kiss The Water.” Miss Sant'Ambrogio has also collaborated
with the New York City Ballet in seven highly successful sold out concerts at
Lincoln Center performing The Bach Cello Suites and has performed with Rufus
Wainwright in the inauguration of a new concert series at the National Arts Club
in New York City.
Ms. Sant'Ambrogio started cello studies with her father John Sant'Ambrogio,
principal cellist of the St. Louis Symphony, and at the age of 16 was invited on
full scholarship to study with David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music where
she received her High School Diploma. Three years later world renowned cellist
Leonard Rose invited Ms. Sant'Ambrogio to study at The Juilliard School; within
weeks of arriving, she won the all-Juilliard Schumann Cello Concerto
Competition, resulting in the first of many performances at Lincoln Center.
In addition to the Tchaikovsky Medal, Ms. Sant'Ambrogio has won numerous
international competitions, including The Whitaker, The Dealey, Artists
International, and Palm Beach awards. Ms. Sant'Ambrogio won a Grammy
Award for her performance of Bernstein's "Arias and Barcarolles" on
Koch Records. Ms. Sant'Ambrogio has been profiled in Strings, Glamour,
Gramophone, Vogue, Strad, Elle, In Fashion, Bon Appetit, Detour, Travel and
Leisure, Fanfare and Swing magazines, as well as The New York Times, The Wall
Street Journal, USA Today, on CBS, ABC, PBS, Fox, USA and CNN networks. Ms.
Sant'Ambrogio is the subject of a feature length documentary, which has had
multiple airings nationwide on PBS and international networks. She currently
has 4 music videos playing on Classic FM TV in the UK and Europe and dozens of
other videos on online networks.
Ms. Sant'Ambrogio is a founding member of the Eroica Trio. The Trio won the
prestigious 1991 Naumburg Award, resulting in an acclaimed Lincoln Center
debut and has since extensively toured the United States, Europe, Asia, the
Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand. In 1997 the Trio opened the
"Distinctive Debuts" series at Carnegie Hall, and that year represented Carnegie
Hall as the official chamber music ensemble in concerts worldwide. While
touring the globe, Eroica has released eight celebrated recordings for Angel EMI
Classics Records, garnering multiple Grammy nominations.
Recent highlights for Miss Sant'Ambrogio were an US tour as soloist with
Maestro Fabio Luisi and The Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the culmination of
her Bach Project with the release of Volume II of Bach Solo Cello Suites, which
Gramophone Magazine raved, “Technically formidable and intensely
communicative, these performances grab you by the ears and refuse to let you
go.” About Volume I Gramophone said, “She comes impressively close to the
soul of Bach.” Her 2013 release, “The Chopin Collection,” was featured in Ann
Midgette’s column in The Washington Post round up of “Notable Recordings of
Miss Sant'Ambrogio performs on a Johannes Gagliano cello, Napoli, ca. 1800.
Sara’s CDs, photographs, and tour information are available at her website,
www.sarasantambrogio.com, www.amazon.com, and on iTunes. For the latest
information about Sara visit her on Facebook, search sara.santambrogio1.
Eroica Trio CDs are also available at www.eroicatrio.com, www.amazon.com,