Sarah Frisof, flute

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Equally at home in the solo, chamber, and orchestral stages, Sarah Frisof is a passionate flutist and educator. As a soloist, Ms. Frisof was the second-prize winner of both the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and the Heida Hermanns International Woodwind Competition, and she was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Kobe International Flute Competition. As a committed proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Frisof frequently premieres major works. In June of 2016, Ms. Frisof and her collaborative partner, Daniel Pesca, piano, released their first album, The Flute Music of Joseph Schwantner, an authoritative recording of all of Schwantner’s major works for flute. Her second album, Beauty Crying Forth, a survey of music by female composers across time, was released in August of 2020.

In addition to Ms. Frisof’s work as a solo artist, she is an active orchestral and chamber musician, having worked with major symphony orchestras across the country, including the Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Kansas City Symphony and many others. In the summers, Ms. Frisof plays with several festival orchestras including the Sunflower Festival (Topeka, KS), and Music in the Mountains (Durango, CO). Ms. Frisof is an active member of Sound Impact, a chamber collective of musicians dedicated to serving communities and igniting positive change in the US and abroad through live performance, educational programs, and creative collaborations with other artists and art forms.

She has taken her passion for education to global audiences, including working with young students in Zimbabwe and Brazil. A graduate of the Eastman School, The Juilliard School, and the University of Michigan, she was formerly the Professor of Flute at University of Kansas and the University of Texas at Arlington. Ms. Frisof is currently the Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Maryland