Chilean violist Sergio Muñoz is an advocate for dialogue and collaboration, which he realizes in music through his love for chamber music and education.
Sergio has appeared as soloist with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra and the Catholic University of Chile Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated with artists such as Catherine Cho, Natasha Brofsky, Areta Zhulla, Carol Rodland, Rachel Podger, Mikhail Kopelman, Renée Jolles, Olga Kaler, Rosemary Elliott, Steven Doane, and Ariadne Daskalakis. He has performed in masterclasses presented by James Dunham, Lila Brown, Hartmut Rohde, Misha Amory, and the Borromeo, Juilliard, and Brentano String Quartets. His musical mentors are Penelope Knuth, David Holland, Dimitri Murrath, Kim Kashkashian, and Carol Rodland. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory and a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music. Sergio is an alum of Eastman's Catherine FIlene Shouse Arts Leadership Program and he is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. He is currently a C. V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School.
Building community through music is one of Sergio's deepest passions and he advocates for a more accessible concert experience both in the concert hall and in unconventional venues. Thanks to Groupmuse, a social network that connects young classical musicians with local audiences through house concert parties, Sergio realized his social role as a musician after he witnessed a houseful of millennials cheer ecstatically to his quartet's performance of Beethoven's Op. 132. Since leaving his home country, he has been collecting knowledge and experiences to eventually create an organization that will provide chamber music education to young Chilean musicians and will revitalize the chamber music scene in Chile.
As a trilingual citizen of the world, Sergio finds inspiration in literature and the fascinating subtleties of language. Swimming, practicing yoga, and improvising his own vegan recipes are vital to his musical practice and wellbeing. Sergio collects penguins.