Magdalena Sas

Magdalena Sas
Professional Title
Instructor, Cello

Prize winner of international competitions, Magdalena Sas performs across Europe, Asia and the Americas, and appeared in renowned concert halls such as Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, BOZAR in Brussels, Witold Lutoslawski Studio in Warsaw, NCPA in Mumbai. She had a privilege to share the stage with Ivry Gitlis, Gary Hoffman, Philippe Graffin, Leslie Shank, Alicia Lee and  collaborated with ensembles such as the Australian World Orchestra, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Poland, YES Camerata and Hulencourt Soloists in Belgium, and SFK Orchester in Austria. While working in India, she collaborated with world-famous Indian musicians: Zakir Hussain, Rakesh Chaurasia and Sabir Khan, and appeared as a soloist at the opening concert of the Royal Opera House in Mumbai. Currently, Magdalena serves as the Associate Principal Cello in La Crosse Symphony Orchestra in WI.

Magdalena presented masterclasses and workshops across the globe in collaboration with MusAid Organization, El Sistema, Global Leaders Program, International Cello Institute, Mehli Mehta Music Foundation and Antigua & Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestras, to mention a few. Her research focuses on music by Indian American composers and explores the fusion of Western classical and Indian classical music idioms in contemporary music written for cello.

Magdalena is the founder and director of the Third Coast Chamber Collective (TCCC), a group focused on promoting the transformative power of chamber music through educational, collaborative and commissioning outreach projects. Members of TCCC are associated with the country’s finest music institutions and are active performers, teachers and music advocates involved with various initiatives around the world. Since 2021, Magdalena is also the artistic director of the Third Coast Chamber Collective Festival in Grand Rapids, MN.

A graduate of music conservatories in Poland, Belgium, and Austria, Magdalena is a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship and Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellowship. In 2011-12, as a cellist of the Vistula Quartet she was a member of the acclaimed European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) in Vienna, she is also a recent graduate of the prestigious Global Leaders Program, an Ivy League curated Executive Education program for impact-focused Art Entrepreneurs.  

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