Sharon Grebanier, who joined the SFS in 1973, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. She studied violin with Emanuel Zetlin, Vilem Sokol, and Denis Zsigmondy, and earned a master's degree from the University of Washington. Ms. Grebanier won the Silverstein Prize for outstanding violinist (1970), the Henry Cabot Award for outstanding orchestral musician (1972), and first prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition (1973). She was first violinist with the Aurora Quartet, with which she recorded the complete Mendelssohn and Prokofiev string quartets, available on Naxos Records. She has also played with the Fleezanis, Walther, Grebanier (x2) String Quartet.