Drs. Doris Tong and Teck Soo Chair
DSO member since 2014
Violinist Alexandros Sakarellos has performed as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician across five continents and in 25 countries.
A native of Greece, Sakarellos received early musical training at the Athens Conservatory—Greece's leading musical institution. While in Greece he enjoyed a fulfilling performing career from a very early age. By the age of 20 he was appearing frequently as a soloist and recitalist; serving as Concertmaster of the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra; and as a first violinist with the Athens State Orchestra.
In 2005 Sakarellos moved to New York where he studied at the Manhattan School of Music with New York Philarmonic's Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, Assistant Principal Lisa Kim, and Professor Isaac Malkin.
During his time in New York, his activities included performances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Concertmaster appearances under renowned artists such as Kurt Masur and Pinchas Zuckerman; and performances in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Museum Of Modern Arts, the Onassis Foundation, and more.
Sakarellos has also appeared at the festivals of Ravello in Italy, Miyazaki in Japan, Bellerive in Switzerland, and Santo Domingo. In 2009 he was privileged to be invited by the prestigious Athens-Epidaurus Festival to give the Greek premiere of several works by the awarded American-Greek composer George Tsontakis.
Prior to joining the DSO, Sakarellos played for two years in the first violin section of the San Francisco Opera.
He is currently playing on a very fine J.B. Vuillaume violin made in 1856.