Violinist Cassandra Bequary has been sharing her passion and enthusiasm for music with audiences and communities worldwide since an early age. Her diverse musical endeavors range from appearances at Carnegie Hall under esteemed conductor Robert Spano, as well as working closely beside artists from internationally renowned ensembles such as the Emerson, Takács, and Ives quartets. Ms. Bequary has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, making her solo debut at the early age of 10 in her home state of Connecticut. She has since gone on to perform as a soloist with ensembles including the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble.
A charismatic chamber musician, Cassandra has performed with numerous chamber ensembles and festivals, including Forte String Quartet, with whom she was chosen for an East Coast tour during Hilton Head Symphony’s 2008 Mozart Festival. From 2010 through 2012, she was an active performer in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s chamber music program, and in 2011, she co-founded Friction Quartet, a contemporary ensemble dedicated to performing new music and community outreach. Ms. Bequary has also attended and performed at summer festivals including the International Festival at Round Top, Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival, and Hot Springs Music Festival, where she was awarded first prize in the 2011 chamber music competition.
She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied both modern and baroque violin with Marilyn McDonald. In addition to her studies in music, Cassandra earned a B.A. in English from Oberlin College’s prestigious double degree program. During her studies, she was a regular concertmaster for the Oberlin Orchestra, and was selected to perform in the Oberlin Conservatory Honors Recital. Further achievements include becoming the recipient of the Conservatory Dean’s Scholarship Award, and being awarded prizewinner of the Conservatory Honors Competition. During the time spent earning her Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory, Cassandra studied with Ian Swensen, while also working with Mark Sokol and Catherine Van Hoesen.
In addition to performance, Cassandra is equally devoted to educational outreach. She has participated extensively as mentor and coach with various youth orchestras, schools, and festivals throughout the United States. She currently enjoys teaching students of all ages throughout the Bay Area.