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Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the US, forever changing the perception of chamber music performance. From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules.
With their dynamic view on 21st-century entrepreneurial musicianship, the group has conducted their Evolution of an Entrepreneur residencies and workshops at major institutions and conservatories including the Curtis Institute of Music and New England Conservatory. SYBARITE5 was the ensemble for the 2016 American Composers Forum National Competition at (le) poisson rouge and maintains a residency at the cell in New York City. At the cell, SYBARITE5 is experimenting with new sounds and programming innovative with technology such as Jakub Ciupinski’s works for SYBARITE5 + Hacked Theremins, and new global collaborations as a result of their work at the Silkroad Global Musician Workshop.
SYBARITE5 is deeply committed to education and outreach as well as performance. In addition to presenting masterclasses and workshops for over 60,000 students ages 5-25, they have worked closely with the composition departments of colleges and universities such as Luther College, Penn State, Samford University, New College and others to give students firsthand experience writing for string quintet in a popular program called So You Think You Can Compose. SYBARITE5 brings its latest composer-driven social media project to life by launching a collaboration with Juilliard and composer Ray Lustig dubbed Composagrams.