Irene Sazer

an original member of the Turtle Island String Quartet founded the Real Vocal String Quartet (,and the Berkeley School of String Improvisation. 

Sazer's strong classical training, her deep experience in a vast array of musical styles, and her talent as an improviser, singer, composer, arranger and educator, make her a unique musical voice in the international community. 

Widely recorded and respected, Sazer's musicality and creativity continues to inspire and unfold.  

Recipient of Gerbode Special Award in the Arts 2016

Recipient of the 2014 CCI Investing in Artists Grant

Irene Sazer:  Known internationally as a founding member of Turtle Island String Quartet, violinist Irene Sazer has won acclaim as a soloist, concertmaster, recording artist, and respected educator. Sazer is an in-demand genre-hopping violinist and fiddler of many styles. She founded and directs the School of Strings and String Improvisation in Berkeley, California.  Sazer’s own recording First Things First highlights her original voice as a singer and songwriter. She has recorded and/or performed with Jai Uttal, Ali Akbar Khan, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Smoky Robinson, David Grisman, Linda Rondstadt, Bjork, Maria Marquez, and Billy Joel and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and concert halls around the world.