The Biagini Trio

Saturday, June 1 – 3:30 pm

This concert features three Biaginis with a whole lot of talent. Sarah, Catherine, Seth and Lynn Schugren will play a dazzling concert at the – equally dazzling – home of Julia Amaral & Mark Strate. Wine and hors d’œuvres will accompany a small reception following the performance.

All proceeds will benefit MIM Programs.

A House Concert at Nyumbani – location will be given upon ticket purchase.
Tickets: $40.00 per person.
Call (530) 265-6124 for tickets. Limited space available for this special house concert. 

Sarah Biagini, violin
Seth Biagini, cello
Catherine Chan Biagini, cello
Lynn Schugren, piano


Bach Cello Suite in d minor – Prelude – Seth
Bach Sonata in g minor – Fugue – Sarah
Shostakovich Cello Sonata – first movement – Seth, Lynn
Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia – Seth, Sarah
Piazzolla Grand Tango – Cathy, Lynn
Schoenfield Cafe Music, second movement – Sarah, Seth, Lynn
Chopin first ballade – Lynn

(program subject to change)


Currently attending Verdugo Academy, violinist Sarah Biagini is an 11th grader with aspirations to major in music performance at a conservatory of music. She has performed with the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) and was the winner of the 2011 PYSO Solo Competition. Also with PYSO, she and her other orchestra members toured Europe and won second place at the International Youth Symphony Competition, and performed on three episodes of Glee in the 2010-2011 season. Sarah is also one of the youngest members of American Youth Symphony, an orchestra consisting mainly of college students. This summer Sarah returns to 9 weeks at the Aspen Music Festival, one of the younger musicians to attend such a prestigious festival.

Seth Biagini is finishing his second year at the prestigious Julliard School in New York City, studying cello with Timothy Eddy. Competition accolades include performances with the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra (as principal cellist), All-State High School Honors Orchestra, The American Youth Symphony, Palisades Symphony Orchestra, Culver City Orchestra, and the Pasadena Community Orchestra. Seth has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, National Cello Institute and Idyllwild Arts Summer Program. His aspiration is to become involved in orchestral as well as chamber ensembles.

Cellist Catherine Chan Biagini began playing piano at age 4 and cello at age 9, studying with Raymond Davis, principal cellist of Seattle Symphony. She earned a BA in Music Performance from the University of Washington, studying with Toby Saks. She has been principal of Savannah Symphony and Northwest Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and Mstislav Rostropovich, and participated in festivals in Spoleto, Italy, Charleston, Round Top, Bear Valley, and Coos Bay. Soloist appearances include Savannah Symphony, Hilton Head Chamber Orchestra, and Santa Cecilia Orchestra, and tours include the United States, Italy, and China. Current positions include principal cellist with Asia American Symphony, Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Burbank Chamber Orchestra. On the wilder side, Catherine is a member of Angels of Venice, a band performing repertoire from Renaissance to Metallica, with whom she has released six albums. She lives in La Crescenta with her husband and two children.

newsletter_article_lynnschugrenLynn Schugren began her musical studies at the age of five. Her teacher, Nadya Lorenz, was a protégé of Claudio Arrau. As a teenager she attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and after graduating from Mount Saint Mary’s Academy she attended Mills College, a recipient of the Ford Foundation Talent Award Grant. She holds a degree in music from the University of California in Berkeley. Ms. Schugren has had a long performance career playing solo and chamber recitals. A champion of American music, she has both commissioned and premiered important new works, such as George Perle’s six new etudes, and Kenneth Durling’s The Dance of Shiva. As a soloist in the very first seasons of Music in the Mountains, her affiliation with MIM is a longstanding one. Ms. Schugren lives in Nevada City and maintains a private teaching studio there as well as in Berkeley.