Sae Chonabayashi is the second violinist of the Jasper String Quartet. She was born in Ibaragi, Japan and began playing violin at age three. Sae attended the prestigious Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan from the age of fifteen, where she completed her studies with Koichiro Harada, a founding member of the Tokyo String Quartet. In 2001, Sae came to the United States to study with Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a full scholarship student, she continued her studies with Mr. Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory, where she received undergraduate and graduate diplomas. She won third prize in the 2006 Swedish Duo International Competition. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, Shun, and her son, Hideki