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Adrienne Salas

2024 Violin A

Adrienne Salas (18) began violin lessons at the age of five and now studies with Sharon Rothstein in Oakland County, Michigan. This fall, she’ll be pursuing a BM at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in the studio of Keng-Yuen Tseng.

She holds a special love for chamber music and has participated in many groups, the most recent being at Center Stage Strings (University of Michigan SMTD, Summer 2023). There, among other performances, she played with her chamber group in a masterclass for the Catalyst Quartet; her coaches were Kristina Zlatareva and Tiani Butts. From the Fall of 2022– Summer 2023 she was coached by Yun Han in weekly private quartet rehearsals at the University of Michigan SMTD, and now participates in regular chamber rehearsals and performances in the studio of her teacher Sharon Rothstein; last summer she performed the Mendelssohn Octet as first violin with members of her studio and other artists. Additional recent chamber music experience includes coaching by Kangwon Kim and Thomas Cooper, as well as a masterclass performance for Natalie Lin-Douglas at the Credo Music Festival (Oberlin Conservatory, Summer 2022).

Besides monthly studio solo performances, Adrienne has played in public masterclasses for many renowned teachers, including Soovin Kim, Sibbi Bernhardsson, Desirée Ruhstrat, Grigory Kalinovsky and Annie Fullard. This past summer, she was granted the Carriage House Merit Scholarship to study at Emily Taubl’s Conservatory Audition Workshop, where she performed college audition repertoire daily in masterclass/mock audition settings. Her teachers there included Danielle Belen, Emily Taubl and David Ying; she finished the week with a solo performance of the Mendelssohn Concerto in E Minor.

In addition to her solo and chamber experience, Adrienne participated for many years in the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony (DMYS), where she served as associate concertmaster and principal second in the Strings and Concert divisions, respectively.