Illuminate ensemble

Anna Arazi (pianist)

Israeli classical pianist Anna Arazi is an active performer, speaker and educator. Among her interests are 20th- and 21st-century piano music, research on Israeli composer and pianist Verdina Shlonsky, and promotion of ergonomically scaled piano keyboards. Anna performed numerous premiers by composers including Ketty Nez, Gregory Brown, Talia Amar, Vera Ivanova, Andras Hamary and Adam Berndt. Anna is a prize-winner of the Dallas International Piano Competition 2015 and American Protégé International Piano competition 2014, among others. She performed with the Sinfonietta Beer-Sheba and Boston University Symphony orchestras, and recently had her Carnegie Hall debut. Her entrepreneurial and concert activities were praised in Boston Musical Intelligencer, Theater Jones and Symphony Magazine. Anna received her doctoral degree from Boston University in 2015, supported by the honorable Richmond scholarship, and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Jerusalem Academy of Music in Israel. In 2018 Dr. Arazi joined the leadership committee of Women in Music – a non-profit organization dedicated to promote, empower, support and advance women in the music industry. She is the current president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the World Piano Teachers Association.

Sara Wilkins (cellist)

Sara Wilkins has established herself as a versatile and energetic cellist in the Boston area. An active performer, she has toured and given masterclasses with the Tarab Cello Ensemble and performed with the American Chamber Opera in Chicago. Recent appearances include the Newton Free Library, Symphony-by-the-Sea, and Symphony New Hampshire.

An ardent advocate of new music, Dr. Wilkins premiered many works as a member of Time’s Arrow new music ensemble. Her performance has been called, “remarkable for its sensitivity, ensemble responsiveness, and intelligibility.” She led the Boston University Cello Choir in its premiere of Theodore Antoniou’s octet and has collaborated with renowned composers including Richard Wernick, Augusta Read Thomas, David Rakowski, and Lyle Davidson. Sara also performed in the orchestra for Robert Helps: Orchestral Works released by Albany Records.

Subaiou Zhang (violinist)

Subaiou Zhang was born in Tianjin, China and started to play the violin at age 3. At age 7, she won the first prize of the 3rd China National Violin Competition for Young Musicians in 1995. She entered Boston University’s School of Music to pursue a Master of Music degree in the fall of 2013. During her studies at Boston University, Subaiou frequently performed as concertmaster with Boston University Symphony Orchestra, and won the annual Bach Competition at Boston University in 2015. Subaiou currently studies modern violin with Professor Yuri Mazurkevich and baroque violin with Jane Starkman.

Subaiou performs actively in the Greater Boston area on both modern and baroque violins, including recent solo performances with the Wellesley Symphony in 2016 and the Brookline Symphony in 2017. In addition to orchestral performance, Subaiou also founded and performs with the Loki String Quartet. In residence at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the quartet performs chamber music concerts in both concert hall and outreach settings in the Greater Boston area, presenting standard chamber music repertoire as well as new works by contemporary composers.