Sarena Hsu Giarrusso, a Bay Area native, holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Wei He. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the California State University of Sacramento, where she studied with renowned performer, Ian Swensen. As an active orchestral player, Sarena currently is Assistant Principal 2nd violin of California Symphony and is also a member of the Stockton Symphony. She also performs with Sacramento Philharmonic, Monterey Symphony, Modesto Symphony, Opera Parallèle and Opera San Jose. Sarena has performed throughout North America and Europe in venues that include Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Munich Philharmonic Hall and Smetana Hall in Prague.
Sarena maintains a private music studio in the El Cerrito area. When she is not performing or teaching, Sarena enjoys traveling the world, baking cookies, and hiking with her husband and corgi.