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Sarah Sew


  • RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra – Leader (Trial 2018 – Present)
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra – Co-Leader (incl. BBC Proms)/Guest Leader/Principal 2nd 
  • Irish National Opera Orchestra – Guest Leader
  • Camerata Ireland – Co-Leader/Guest Leader
  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales – Co-Leader
  • London Sinfonietta – 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


2018 – Present: Royal Irish Academy of Music – Professor of Violin, Head of Strings
2013 – 2015: RTÉ Concert Orchestra – Principal First Violin
  • Including leading
  • Principal Conductor John Wilson

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)


  • 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
  • Soloist/Director in Vivaldi Seasons with EUYO on South America Tour
  • Max Richter Recomposed 4 Seasons with EUYO (Soloist/Director) at Shanghai Symphony Chamber Hall

  • 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
  • Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, Japan
  • Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Greece
  • Aurora Festival, Sweden

  • Royal Irish Academy of Music – Professor of Violin, Head of Strings (teaching BMus & MMus)
  • National Youth Orchestra of Ireland – Sectional Tutor for first violins (2017–present)
  • European Union Youth Orchestra
    -String Ensemble Director for South America and China tours 2018
    -Sectional Tutor for violins and tutti strings: Greece tour 2015

  • Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM)
  • 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)

  • 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 (Teaching)
  • Teachers: Maurice Hasson, Howard Davis, Friedemann Eichhorn

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