Grazzia Sagastume is a Honduran violist and violinist. She started her musical studies at age 13 on the viola at the “Escuela de Música Victoriano López” in San Pedro Sula, Honduras with Prof. Mario Torres. She got her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Western Illinois University under violist Istvan Szabo. While at WIU she was awarded a full scholarship plus room and board as the violist of the “WIU President’s International String Quartet”. She recently graduated with a Master in Music with emphasis on Viola Performance and String Pedagogy at the University of New Mexico under Susan Kempter, Kimberly Fredenburgh and Carmelo de los Santos. While at the University of New Mexico she was a graduate assistant as the violist in the “Abe Franck Graduate String Quartet” and completed long term training in Suzuki books 1-10 on the violin with nationally renowned pedagogue, Susan Kempter.
Grazzia is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and in her time in Albuquerque worked with the Young Musician’s Initiative (El Sistema Albuquerque) as a violin and music theory teacher and as a Coordinator at the UNM Lab School (Suzuki). In the summer of 2013 she completed training for Music Mind Games unit 1 with Michiko Yurko.
Grazzia loves to play chamber music and opera. Last summer she had the honor of studying viola with Maestro Daniele Gay in the Spazio Musica Opera festival in Orvieto, Italy. She has had viola and chamber masterclasses with Roberto Diaz, Dr. Rudolf Haken, Dr. Erika Eckert, Dr. Daphne Gerling, Karen Richter, Catherine Carroll, Julliard String Quartet, Charlie Pickler, Dr. Christine Rutledge, Miami String Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet and Amernet String Quartet. Grazzia also loves coffee, tea, Nutella, soccer and coloring.