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.
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Critical Acclaim

Sara Sant’Ambrogio Change The Way You Think About Classical Music “There was an irresistible warmth in everything Miss Sant’Ambrogio did. It translated into a special quality of sound, and it gave Hindemith’s Solo Sonata both a dignity and a sense of drama...One has rarely heard the ‘Arpeggione’ played with such love. -THE NEW YORK TIMES “She comes impressively close to the soul of Bach.” “It is a miracle of sound.” -GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE “Sant’Ambrogio seemed to approach the Dvorak Concerto the way a fine singer approaches an opera. She made the music sing, infusing every phrase with lyricism and drama.” -THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH “Sant’Ambrogio connected with the Lincoln Center audience immediately, smiling at the crowd as the orchestra behind her played.” -THE NEW YORK OBSERVER “Cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio got the big ovation of the evening. She played the Grutzmacher adaptation of Boccherini’s amiable B-flat concerto elegantly, with a fine feeling for style. Her playing proved warm and communicative.” -ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH “Sara Sant’Ambrogio, the gifted and beautiful young American cellist, brought craft and skill equal to the tremendous task. And thanks to her artistry and musical insights, every thorn became a rose” -THE INDIANAPOLIS NEWS “Sara Sant’Ambrogio offered one of the loveliest and most musical recitals heard here in a very long time. She plays with a rare interpretive sincerity that goes straight to the heart. Her tone is unwaveringly beautiful, most especially when the musical line calls for the intensity and dynamic extremes that so often coarsen the tone. Her cello sang with phrases so beautifully expressed that they seemed to be actually speaking.” -PALM BEACH DAILY NEWS “Sant’Ambrogio made a fine impression in the Boccherini piece, playing with big warm, cello tone, seamless legato line and a certain sense of romantic involvement. Sant’Ambrogio has both temperament and musicality. She drew lots of sound from her cello but almost never a scratch.” -THE PLAIN DEALER (Cleveland) “So magnetic is (Sara) that one had to avert one’s eyes to appreciate her strictly musical virtues.” “The borderline-miraculous coloring effects created an experience you don’t typically get from more hardened virtuosos.” -THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER “Sant’Ambrogio’s approach was forceful and extroverted. She was also a risk- taker, pushing her tone to the edge of clarity to express an idea, to convey a nuanced meaning. Her musical vocabulary was especially rich and textured.” -THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION “Joshua Bell and Sara Sant’Ambrogio played with lyrical restraint and lovely tone” -THE LOS ANGELES TIMES “ (these) performances virtually devoid of blemishes, were among the finest readings of these scores heard in this critic’s lifetime of listening and study. Overall, the concerts were so good, so refined, so polished, and so engaging that one immediately thought that recordings should be made.” -CLASSICAL VOICE OF NORTH CAROLINATechnically formidable and intensely communicative, these performances grab you by the ears and refuse to let you go.” -GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE “Sara Sant’Ambrogio proved to be an artist with a full-bodied sound and an instinctive musicality.” -THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

Concerto Repertoire

Change The Way You Think About Classical Music Sara Sant’Ambrogio, cellist Concerto Repertoire *offered in 2015-16 Bloch: Prayer Bloch: Schelomo (Hebraic Rhapsody) Boccherini: Concerto In B-flat Major Brahms: Double Concerto In A Minor, Opus 102 Dvorak: Concerto In B Minor, Opus 104* Elgar: Concerto In E Minor, Opus 85* Faure: Elegie, Opus 24 Haydn: Concerto In C Major Haydn: Concerto In D Major Kabalevsky: Concerto (1949) Khrenikov: Concerto No. 2 Lalo: Concerto In D Minor Piazzolla: Oblivion* Piazzolla: Libertango* Saint-Saens: Concerto No. 1 In A Minor, Opus 33* Saint-Saens: Allegro Appassionata, Opus 43 Schumann: Concerto In A Minor, Opus 129 Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1 In E-flat Major, Opus 107 Tchaikovsky: Nocturne Tchaikovsky: Pezzo Capriccioso Tchaikovsky: Variations On A Rococo Theme, Opus 33 Walton: Concerto

Recital Repertoire

Sara Sant’Ambrogio Change The Way You Think About Classical Music A Sample of Sara’s Recital Programming THE NEW WORLD: Music from North & South America George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Fantasy (arr. Eroica Duo) Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion (arr. Sant’Ambrogio) Astor Piazzolla: Libertango (arr. Sant’Ambrogio) Enrique Granados: Orientale Enrique Granados: Intermezzo Gaspar Cassado: Requiebros Manuel DeFalla: Ritual Dance of Fire (arr. Piatagorsky) --Intermission-- Samuel Barber: Sonata Alberto Ginastera: Pampeana No. 2 CELLO CONVERSATIONS: The mystery & discovery of J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites An interactive journey in music and talk through the disappearance and recovery of six of the greatest masterpieces of the Western World! THE TRUE ROMANTICS: The passionate & sensual voice of the cello Felix Mendelssohn: D Major Sonata Frederic Chopin: Etude Op. 25, No. 7 Frederic Chopin: Waltz Op. 64, No. 2 Frederic Chopin: Nocturne, Op. Posthumous Frederic Chopin: Polonaise Brillante --Intermission-- Johannes Brahms: E Minor SonataSara Sant’Ambrogio – Recital Repertoire Sample Recital program for cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio, 2015-16 Gaspar Cassado: Requiebros Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion Astor Piazzolla: Libertango George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Fantasy Frederic Chopin: Etude, Op. 25, No.7 Frederic Chopin: Waltz, Op. 64, No.2 Frederic Chopin: Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3 Intermission Samuel Barber: Sonata, Op. 6 Allegro ma non troppo Adagio Allegro appassionato Manuel De Falla: Ritual Fire Dance. Sara Sant'Ambrogio Change the Way You Think About Classical Music & Performances What Types of Performances? Classical, Jazz, Standards, & Latin Cello, Piano, & Guest Performers Children's Chats with Charlie Cello Conversations with the Cello Cello & Piano Solo Cello Who Is Sara Technically? Curtis Juilliard Tchaikovsky Medal Naumburg Winner Grammy Winner Eroica Trio Cellist What Will She Do For Your Market? Fill Your Venue Community Outreach Master Classes & Schools Patron Development Emerging Audience Cultivation TV, Radio, & Social MediaSara Sant’Ambrogio – Presenter Info Audiences That Know Sara Carnegie Hall Kennedy Center Hollywood Bowl Ravinia Musikverein Marlboro Aspen Mostly Mozart Great Mountain Aberdeen Akron Albany Albuquerque Amsterdam Ann Arbor Atlanta Athens Auckland Augusta Austin Baltimore Beijing Berlin Bilbao Bloomington Boston Boca Raton Brisbane Budapest Butte Carbondale Champaign Charlotte Chicago Cincinnati Cleveland Clovis Columbus Cologne Copenhagen Dallas Danbury Denver Des Moines Detroit Dodge City Dubai Duluth Dusseldorf For the Rest of the Alphabet, please contact Price Rubin & Partners Artist Management For instant Aural gratification, please visit “There was an irresistible warmth in everything Miss Sant’Ambrogio did." -The New York Times “She comes impressively close to the soul of Bach. It is a miracle of sound.” -Gramophone “So magnetic is (Sara) that one had to avert one’s eyes to appreciate her strictly musical virtues. The borderline-miraculous coloring effects created an experience you don’t typically get.” -The Philadelphia InquirerSara Sant’Ambrogio – Presenter Info Joshua Bell and Sara Sant’Ambrogio played with lyrical restraint and lovely tone” -The L.A. Times “Sant’Ambrogio’s approach was forceful & extroverted. She was also a risk-taker, pushing her tone to the edge of clarity to express an idea, to convey a nuanced meaning.” -The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Technically formidable and intensely communicative, these performances grab you by the ears and refuse to let you go.” -Gramophone To see a variety of Programs, Videos & More Reviews that will put bottoms in your seats, please visit Cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio and Pianist Erika Nickrenz have performed thousands of concerts together on the world’s greatest stages on 6 continents. They have recorded 10 CD’s together, resulting in multiple Grammy Award nominations. The two women of the Eroica Duo have broken the gender barrier of Classical Chamber Music while having a blast playing music together since they first met at the age of 12 when Erika came to study the piano with Sara’s grandmother.Sara Sant’Ambrogio – Eroica Duo "There is an edge of the seat intensity to every note they produce.” -The New York Times “Their electric responsiveness to each other set off thrilling adventures; like a single extended mind they would follow the music’s passionate explosions in a wild dash and then shift in an instant to its mournful musing.” -Albuquerque Journal Bonded by a shared family history of professional musicians and forged at the famed Juilliard School where they both attended on scholarship, Sara and Erika set out to make a life making music together by winning the prestigious Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition resulting in their first of many Lincoln Center recitals. Carnegie Hall soon chose them to represent America in the inaugural Rising Stars series performing in all the great halls of the world and their career was started. “Just as in their successful Carnegie Hall debut and their smash hit CD release, these women demonstrate that on musical merits they have earned their foothold on the very highest rung of their profession.” -The Wall Street Journal “Erika Nickrenz’s muted but powerful piano themes alone were enough to produce goosebumps. Superimposed on the piano were unusual tones from the cello, with a dangerously penetrating feel and a plethora of exciting, artful effects. The technical excellence of cellist Sant’Ambrogio was brilliant.” -Frankfurter Rundschau Always looking to push the boundaries of classical music, Sara has performed with Sting and Rufus Wainwright, performed on a HBO documentary and soundtracks for feature films while Erika has performed at the opening bell of The New York Stock Exchange and Backstage at Lincoln Center on PBS. “The most exciting musicians on the classical scene today.” -The ForumSara Sant’Ambrogio – Eroica Duo A typical concert by The Eroica Duo might start with the sultry sounds of Latin tangos, followed by songs from the Great American Song book such as Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and ending with brilliant displays of virtuosity in Chopin and Brahms. “In the Eroica’s vivacious performance, the outer fast movements charged along with snappy pizzazz. The slow movement evoked New Age and Jazz noodlings. Those were memories to take home.” -Houston Chronicle