Sarit Dubin


Photo by Matt Dine


The Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami, 2021; Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, 2019; Georgetown Epiphany Festival, 2019; Berlin Opera Academy, 2019; Music from Salem, 2018–19; Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, 2015

What is your earliest memory of classical music?

I grew up with classical music, so it’s hard to pinpoint a specific moment within the general feeling that it was always present. But perhaps the earliest concrete memory I have is tagging along to my older siblings’ violin lessons and sitting on this big couch in the corner, just listening and observing.

How did you hear about TŌN? What inspired you to apply?

I first heard about TŌN through a friend at a summer festival, and I was initially intrigued by the orchestra’s focus on unique programming and innovation. I applied because I wanted to develop my orchestral skills to be better prepared to join and contribute to the field professionally.

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century?

I want orchestra concerts to feel like an experience! I hope that in the coming years we find ways to embrace both tradition and transformation—making space for the old and the new, but also looking at the old in new ways and finding the legacies within the new.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

I get inspired by lots of people in little ways. There’s something to learn from everyone. But honestly my biggest daily inspiration comes from the non-human world. Squirrels, ducks, flowers—they really know how to live!

Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most?

Brahms is my number one. Outside of classical music, I connect most with electronica and Jewish music.

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it?

It’s so hard to pick just one! My favorite pieces are those that make me gush with grief and joy at the same time and that remind me why I choose to play music. Some of those are Mendelssohn’s Octet, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, and several Beethoven symphonies.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician?

Every time I’ve played in the pit. I’ll never forget performing my first opera, Le Nozze di Figaro, and having a moment during the second act finale where I knew: yes, this is what I want to do with my life. Opera productions have such a special energy—you can feel the audience moving through the narrative (sometimes they even laugh!) and you have to be so tuned-in with everyone in the ensemble and on stage.

Favorite non-classical musician or band

Baths, the Ramones, and Nick Drake are some of my all-time favorites.

If you could play another instrument, what would it be?

I’d love to be a master drummer.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

Probably living off the grid.

Which three people, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with and why?

My late father and two of his favorite composers, Shostakovich and Brahms. I’d get such a kick out of seeing him interact with them, and bonus—they’re two of my favorite composers, too!

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us

Before I decided to pursue a career in music, I spent several years working as a farmer.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician

Everything can be a learning opportunity if you’re open to it. Be brave, be humble, and treat music as a gift, because it is.