Matthew Pegis

Assistant Principal

Matthew Pegis

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Viola

Assistant Principal

First season with the SO: 1990

Hometown: I grew up in Rochester, NY before my whole family moved to CT

Degrees / Colleges: I attended the Hartt School of Music on a full scholarship, and later attended the Juilliard School, also on a full scholarship.

Age you began playing an instrument: Two years old

Award / Musical Accomplishment you are most proud of: Winning the Emerson Competition for the second time and having the honor to perform again with the Emerson Quartet was a proud moment for me.

Style and make of your instrument: I play on a very large Carboni viola that was a gift from my teacher at Juilliard.

Hobbies / interests: I love fishing and when I have spare time I build "interesting" cars.

Personal Fact / Something you would like people to know about you: I really love animals, especially cats, I have two.

My dream is to: Build a great summer festival focusing on chamber music.

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Written byHerald Tribune

 There's no doubt, audiences are thrilled by the Sarasota Orchestra's new music director, Anu Tali. She's brought an intense energy from the orchestra in previous performances and we found this yet again in a downright thrill ride of an encounter...  

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 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Tali conveyed a clear vision for the dramatic outline of this symphony, carefully pacing the darker, searching character of the music with pastoral conversations among voices in the orchestra.  

Written byThe Observer

 If you haven’t seen Tali yet, this will be a great introduction to the skyrocketing conductor who’s quickly becoming a household name around the world. You’ll see why we feel we’re lucky to have her here.  

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