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Sania D. Whitaker

Sania D. Whitaker, violin, received her B.M. degree from the Tel-Aviv Music Academy, her graduate performance diploma from the Peabody Conservatory and her M.M. degree from the University of Miami. Whitaker has held the position of concertmaster with every orchestra at each school she has attended.

Prior to Naples she was a member of the New World Symphony, where she was co-concertmaster and with whom she did five international tours. She has also substituted with the Israel Philharmonic, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Whitaker has also spent summers performing at the Meadowmount School of Music, the Chautauqua Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute and the Pacific Music Festival, where she performed solo, orchestral and chamber music concerts.

Whitaker was born into a musical family. Her grandfather was the assistant to the famous Russian violinist David Oistrach. Whitaker's mother was a pianist who founded the Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes, where Whitaker now acts as the administrator each summer, and her father is a concert pianist who is the artistic director of the International Master Classes. She enjoys performing chamber music with her father every summer at the festival. Whitaker has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1999.

Sania Whitaker is underwritten by Mr. & Mrs. Mordechai Wiesler.

Name: Sania Derevianko-Whitaker

Instrument: Violin

Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel

At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 5 1/2

Who have been your greatest musical influences? My parents (professional pianists) and my grandfather (David Oistrakh's assistant in Moscow).

Who are your favorite composers? Brahms, Mahler, Shostakovich.

What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? In the past, I would say, "I can't see myself as anything else but a musician." But lately, orchestra manager, any music group manager, or website designer.

What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Mostly non-classical music.

Your hobbies and interests: Cooking, family, community volunteering, high school and youth lacrosse, web site design.

Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I am the "team Mom" of the Golden Gate HS Lacrosse team (although I don't have any kids attending that school anymore), and I am on the board of the Collier County Lacrosse Association (CCLA), which is the youth lacrosse league. Also, I am looking to get involved with an organization that is called "Laces of Love" which provides shoes to needy children ages 1-18.

Funniest concert moment: Have been a few, but one that's on my mind right now is a Sunday afternoon pops with Michael Krajewski dancing to You Can't Stop the Beat.

Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: Our incredible community support, and the people we work with.

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