Born in 1990 in Augsburg, Sarah Christian studied with Antje Weithaas at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, where she also taught as Weithaas’s assistant from 2013 to 2016. She obtained her first degree at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, where she studied with Igor Ozim and graduated with highest honors at the age of twenty. She also drew musical inspiration from master classes with Thomas Brandis, Donald Weilerstein, Rainer Schmidt, Maxim Vengerov and Miriam Fried.
Sarah Christian experienced international success as the prizewinner of numerous competitions, including First Prize at the Brahms Competition in Austria. In early 2012 she won the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Prize and Friends of Young Musicians Award. Most recently, Christian won both Second Prize and the Chamber Music Prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in Auckland, New Zealand.
The violinist attaches special importance to her training as a chamber musician, also drawing inspiration from her work with the Hagen Quartet. In 2010 she reached the final round of the German Music Competition in the violin/piano duo category and won a scholarship from the National Selection of Young Artists’ Concerts. In connection with the scholarship, she performed concerts throughout Germany, including at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. She appeared with Lars Vogt, Jörg Widmann, and Tanja Tetzlaff at the Spannungen Festival in Heimbach as well as at the Schwetzingen Festival. 2015 marked the opening season of her Freistil Chamber Music Series in Augsburg which, with cellist Maximilian Hornung, she founded and oversees as its Artistic Director.
Concerts have already led her to several European countries, China, Japan, South America and the United States. She has performed as a soloist with such ensembles as the Sibiu and Timișoara philharmonics from Romania, Camerata Salzburg, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Since 2013 Sarah Christian has served as First Concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
In addition to projects with renowned conductors and soloists, she enjoys the opportunity of conducting the orchestra herself. She has already made a name for herself in this capacity and has made regular guest appearances with other orchestras, including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Kammerakademie Potsdam.
Photography: Giorgia Bertazzi
The Artist's Homepage: www.sarah-christian.de
Works by Sergei Prokofiev and Franz Schubert
Sarah Christian, Violin - Lilit Grigoryan, Piano