Searmi Park, a Los Angeles native, began playing the violin at age six, studying under Robert Lipsett and Alexander Treger. She studied chamber music at the Colburn School under cellist Ronald Leonard, and attended the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, CA. Searmi went on to UCLA to receive her BA and MM studying under soloist Mark Kaplan. During this time she studied chamber music under the Takacs Quartet and pianist Robert MacDonald at the Taos School of Music in New Mexico and the Yellowbarn Chamber Music Festival in Vermont.
Searmi was a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra from 2001-2011, and also played regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Pacific Symphony as a substitute. As an active studio musician, Searmi has played on hundreds of motion picture, television, artist record, and video game recordings for composers John Williams, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Randy Newman, and others. She has also enjoyed an eclectic live performance career, playing numerous concerts and tours with various artists such as Barbara Streisand, Sting, Eminem, Josh Groban, and Earth Wind and Fire. Searmi has worked under conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, and many more.
Searmi has served as guest concertmaster for the Bolshoi Ballet, Santa Barbara Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Long Beach Opera, and is currently in her second season as CM of the Eugene Symphony. She participates in chamber music series and at festivals in the US and abroad, traveling to play concerts in South Africa, Armenia, Costa Rica, and Portugal. Searmi is a strong supporter of strings programs in third world countries, and in 2012 she brought two talented youngsters from Bloemfontein, South Africa to live with her in Los Angeles and study the violin, taking them to rehearsals and concerts, and allowing them to experience a different life.
Currently Searmi resides in Portland, OR, where she has lived since 2012 after moving from Los Angeles with her bass-player husband, two children, and dog. During her free time, Searmi will be found un-schooling her children, playing with her three wild mustangs, running in hopes of completing an ultra-marathon in 2016, and practicing yoga.