Miya Saito-Beckman graduated this past June Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Oregon. During her undergraduate career she served as both concertmaster and principal 2nd violin in the University’s Symphony Orchestra while also performing with the Eugene Symphony and the Eugene Concert Orchestra. Ms. Saito-Beckman has led group classes, coached chamber groups, and taught private lessons through the university’s Suzuki Community Music Institute. This coming fall of 2017, Miya will pursue a Master’s Degree of Violin Pedagogy/Performance continuing at the UO after being awarded a fellowship through the university. Music camps that Miya has taught at include the Fiddlestar Youth Camp in Nashville TN, Chamber Music Camp of Portland, and the Mt. Shasta Fiddle Camp. Ms. Saito-Beckman has performed as a soloist with the Central Oregon Symphony as well at the Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra and has taken master classes with James Ehnes, Rachel Barton Pine, and Georg Hamann. As a chamber musician Miya has studied under the Arianna String Quartet as well as the Calder String Quartet during the Britt String Quartet Academy.

In addition to her classical interests and accomplishments, Miya is also greatly involved in alternative strings music. Last year, she was accepted to study with members of YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble at the Global Musicians Workshop at Depauw University. She has also been the recipient of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame Scholarship in 2013, and the 2009 winner of the ASTA (American String Teacher Association) Alternative Strings Award— she was invited to perform at the National String Conference in Atlanta, GA. A four-time finalist at the National Fiddling Championship, Ms. Saito-Beckman is also the four-time Oregon State Fiddle Grand Champion. She has studied under fiddlers Alasdair Fraser, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Liz Carroll, Jeremy Kittel, and Hanneke Cassel.