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Sarah Sew



2013 – 2015: RTÉ Concert Orchestra – Principal First Violin
2014 – 2015: Royal Irish Academy of Music – Teaching Staff
2010 – 2012: European Union Youth Orchestra – Concertmaster

          Leading the orchestra on month-long tours (Europe, USA, Asia), working with artists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gianandrea Noseda, Claus Peter Flor, Matthias Bamert, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Garrick Ohlsson
          Concertmaster solos including Also Sprach Zarathustra, Schindler’s List, Taras Bulba (BBC Proms)

  • BBC Symphony Orchestra – Co-Leader (incl. BBC Proms)/Guest Leader/Principal 2nd  
  • Camerata Ireland – Co-Leader/Guest Leader
  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales – Co-Leader
  • London Sinfonietta – No.3/Co-Leader
  • English Symphony Orchestra – Guest Leader
  • Human Rights Orchestra (Lucerne) – Guest Leader
  • Balkan Chamber Orchestra – Guest Leader
  • Nevill Holt Opera – Guest Leader
  • Ulster Orchestra – Principal 2nd
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – Principal 2nd
  • Britten Sinfonia – Principal 2nd
  • BBC Philharmonic – No.3 1st Violin
  • London Chamber Orchestra
  • Aurora Orchestra – incl. BBC Proms Mozart 40 & Beethoven 6 from memory  
  • Scottish Ensemble
  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Philharmonia Orchestra
  • RAM Symphony Orchestra – Leader with Colin Davis, Semyon Bychkov, Thierry Fischer
  • Britten Pears Orchestra – Leader with Oliver Knussen

  • London Symphony Orchestra, COOL Music Ltd, Hilary Skewes Ltd: film, video game, commercial & classical sessions at Abbey Road, Air Lyndhurst & Angel Studios
  • Other Recordings: BBCSO (Gardner/Elgar 2 [Co-Leader]), BBCSO (Payare/Ten Pieces 3 [Leader]), LSO Live (Gergiev/Tchaikovsky 3), Philharmonia (Zander/Mahler 2), EUYO (Noseda/Causton Olympic 20x12 commission [Leader]), LCO (Lang Lang/Hess), National Gallery Sacred Made Real DVD & audio guide (Stephen Hough sextet [Leader]), Scottish Ensemble (Alison Balsom Seraph), Aurora Orchestra (Collon/Finzi), RTÉCO (Brian Irvine 5 Short Operas [Leader]), English Symphony Orchestra (John Joubert Jane Eyre Opera [Leader])

  • Wigmore Hall Evening Recital
  • Recitals throughout UK incl. St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, St James’ Piccadilly, Hampton Court Palace
  • Concerti with orchestra: Bruch, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Mozart No.3 & No.5, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante (soloist/director), Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi Four Seasons
  • Schindler’s List with EUYO and Dirk Brossé in Berlin Konzerthaus, Teatro Comunale Bolzano, Schloss Grafenegg, Kongress Palais Kassel

  • Interlaken Classics, Switzerland
  • Bolzano Summer Music, Italy
  • Grafenegg Festival, Austria
  • Zermatt Festival, Switzerland
  • IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, UK
  • Gustav Mahler Academy, Italy
  • Cheltenham Festival, UK
  • Kenmin Hall, Japan
  • Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Greece
  • Aurora Festival, Sweden

  • Maisie Lewis Young Artists’ Award (Worshipful Company of Musicians)
  • Aleksander Pavlovíc Award (EUYO)
  • Concordia Foundation Artist
  • J & A Beare Prize (RAM)
  • Emanuel Hurwitz Award (PO/MMSF)
  • Central England Ensemble Concerto Competition Winner
  • D M Lloyd Prize, Peter Latham Gift, Lesley Alexander Award (RAM)
  • Wessex String Prize First Prize

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Countess of Munster Musical Trust
  • Lynn Foundation
  • Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund
  • San Martino Scholarship, South Square Trust (RAM)

  • Hochschule für Musik ‘Franz Liszt’ Weimar
    – Aufbaustudium A, Künstlerischer Fortbildung (Further Artistic Study)
  • Royal Academy of Music – MMus with Distinction, DipRAM
  • Royal Academy of Music – BMus with First Class Honours, LRAM
  • Teachers: Maurice Hasson, Howard Davis, Friedemann Eichhorn

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