Cellist Cameron Sawzin grew up playing impromptu concerts with her mother, a jazz singer and her brother, a violinist. She studied at with Channing Robbins and Leonard Rose at Juilliard Preparatory School. While at Juilliard, she refined her skills, playing on recording sessions in New York. She earned her B.M. and M.M. degrees in cello performance from Oberlin College and the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with Richard Kapuscinsky and Lawrence Lesser.
An active freelance musician, her engagements range from Symphony New Hampshire, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Masterworks Chorale at Sanders Theater, Marriage of Figaro with Boston Lyric Opera- to Theater District Broadway Shows “Sweet Charity” and “Spelling Bee”.
Boston Virtuosi premiered her composition; “Turnabout Tango” and she was also a member of the Boston Virtuosi quintet that was featured in the concert scene in the Miramax film, “The Human Stain” starring Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman and Gary Sinise and Ed Harris.
She was a soloist in the New Directions Cello Festival at the University of Conn. and has served on their steering committee, along with Artistic Advisors, YoYo Ma, Ron Carter, Julian Lloyd Weber and David Darling.
Other recordings are “We are Here”, CD recorded with members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band. (Smithsonian’s Library of Congress #88-743108). Warner Bros “One Night Stand” with Paul Stookey, recorded live at Carnegie Hall and Stookey’s “Band and Bodyworks”, a Grammy Award Nominee. One of the compositions in the Carnegie hall concert was the famous “Wedding Song”. Paul Stookey created a foundation, Blue Heaven, which donates all of the sizable proceeds from this song to school programs deserving non-profit organizations. Paul Stookey, Cameron and four other artists have recently filmed a two live Christmas and Easter concerts for PBS, which were aired nationally. She also recently recorded “Virtual Party” a new CD on New World Records with Mr. Stookey, as well as “Dance for Love” by artist Eddie Mottau for the same label. Cam has been featured on her brother, jazz violinist Doug Cameron’s CD’s including, “Celtic Crossroads”, released on Virgin records in February 2001, and his newest, recorded in Australia, New York and L.A. She participated in National Public Radio’s retrospective of women composers with pianist Virginia Eskin, performing classical, contemporary music and her “Oily Weasel Blues.” and was also a guest on the NPR program, “The Connection”, exploring traditional and non-traditional use of the cello.
Cameron has also recorded for the PBS show, Nova. Her most recent PBS solo cello performance was for “Race, the Power of an Illusion”, internationally broadcast several times on Nova in 3-hour segments. PBS.org/race is the companion interactive website for the show, very popular with parents and kids.
Productive summers have been spent with the Aspen Festival Chamber Orchestra, New Hampshire Music Festival, the Lake George Opera and Opera and The Strings in the Mountains Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where she gave master classes, private lessons and played chamber music. She premiered a chamber cantata, influenced by South American folk, Jazz and Renaissance music at the Festival of the Americas in Santa Fe, NM.
Ms. Sawzin returned in spring 2010 for her second term as guest cello faculty at the University of New Hampshire. She has teaching studios at the Munroe Center for the performing arts in Lexington, and Collins Center for the Performing arts in Andover, Cam has done extensive research and study involving the healthy and efficient use of muscles when playing the cello. She uses Pilates, Alexander and Feldenkrais techniques in her teaching, as well as other sports and dance related modalities. She has written two etude/caprices incorporating the use of Jazz, Blues and Country Fiddle styles; “The Oily Weasel Blues” The “Oily Weasel” is sold at Johnson Strings in Newton, as well as the “cello city store” on the New Directions cello festival web site and is much loved by her students.
“I never got to say” is a very personal goodbye to Cameron’s Dad, who passed away quite suddenly. The piece was taken note for note from an improvisation she played on the piano for him the last time they were together and is part of a larger CD project for composer Carolyn McDade. The pianist is Janet Hood.