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Seina is a classical violinist and violist with a dream to spread her love of music with others.
With her first performances at the Kawai Music School in Japan at just 18 months, her musical journey has blossomed. Seina began her musical studies in piano and vocal performance and moved on to violin at age 10. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege.
Seina has had performances at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage, New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Tanglewood Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood Shed and Recital Hall, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), Proctors Theater, and recently as a part of First Night in Saratoga.
She is the winner of the Robert S. Meade Memorial Music Award, Schuylerville Community Theater Scholarship, Doris Allerdice Memorial Music Award and Rita Finnegan Memorial Scholarship all in June of 2013. She was given the National School Orchestra Award, Certificate of Recognition for Music and won the Schuylerville Community Theatre Scholarship Winner in May of 2013. As winner of the Lois Lyman Concerto Competition in September of 2012, she was honored a solo opportunity with the Empire State Repertory Orchestra in January of 2012 in a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G minor. In the March of 2012, Seina was a Finalist in the Anthony R. Stefan Scholarship Competition.
The Saratoga-Warren County Music Educators’ Association Scholarship 1st Place Award was given to Seina in, June 2011.
Seina has been apart of many orchestral ensembles including the Area All State Orchestras from 2009-2012, Empire State Youth Orchestra (2009-2013), Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic Orchestra (2012-2013), Tanglewood Young Artists Orchestra (2011), and more.
She has served as concertmaster in the Area All State Orchestras, Empire State Youth Orchestra String Ensemble, Xibus World Orchestra, Glens Falls Symphony Side By Side, and Ethno Urban Orchestra among others.
In February of 2012, she was selected to perform with the American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.
In April of 2012, Seina served as concertmaster in a performance with the Turtle Island String Quartet, Boston String Quartet, Hollywood composer Lanny Meyers, Ryland Angel, Jeanette Olsson from hit tv show GLEE, and Scarlet Fade at Boston’s Jordan Hall. She has also collaborated with artists such as the American String Quartet, Ying String Quartet, cellist Ashley Bathgate, and Mark Wood.
She has attended the Bowdoin, Tanglewood, and Assai International Music Festivals along with the New York State School of the Arts and is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege.
Previous and present teachers include: Bela Horvath, Mikhail Kopelman, Anton Miller, John Holland, Jill Levy, Tania Susi, members of the Boston String Quartet.
Seina has been conducted under the batons of Mei-Ann Chen, Helen Cha-Pyo, David Hoose, Paul Haas, Jonathan Strasser, Charles Peltz, David Alan Miller, Luis Biava, and Luis Biava Jr.
Master Classes include the American String Quartet, Ying String Quartet, Jack String Quartet, Boston String Quartet, Todd Sullivan, Mark O'Connor, Adriadne Daskalakis, Herbert Greenburg and more.
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