Violinist Nicole Sauder received her bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Paul Kantor and Ivan Zenaty. She received her master's degree from UCLA under Movses Pogossian and Guillaume Sutre. While at UCLA she was a member of the Vem String Quartet, the school's graduate string quartet founded for the performance and study of Armenian music. She has performed in festivals such as Chautauqua Institute; Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music; Incontri in Terra di Sienna in Montepulciano, Italy; and the Villecroze Academy in Villecroze, France, as a student of Ana Chumachenco. She also enjoys teaching and has taught at Interlochen Center for the Arts as well as numerous schools in the Los Angeles area.
Ms. Sauder recently moved to San Diego from Los Angeles, where she was a freelance musician and performed with groups such as WildUp and Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. She has been a long-term substitute with the San Diego Symphony since January 2017 and is greatly enjoying getting to know San Diego on her bicycle.