Biography

Born in Paris, Sarah started to play the flute at 10 years of age, and soon developed a real passion for the instrument. She began her studies as a junior at the “Conservatoire de Région de Paris” (CNR) with Madeleine Chassang and then went on to study with Philippe Bernold at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon” (CNSM) and with William Bennett at The Royal Academy of Music in London. Awarded with a Master of Arts Diploma, she followed her musical path developing her orchestral experience with the Philharmonia Zurich (former Zürich Opera House Orchestra) as an Academy member.

In June 2010 Sarah won the Principal flute position with the Dutch National Ballet Orchestra (former Holland Symfonia), based in Amsterdam National Opera and Ballet, in which she currently develops herself. After having been a regular guest in 2013 she was appointed an official member of the modern music ensemble, Collegium Novum Zürich. Sarah very much enjoys exploring new music as well as forgotten pieces from the repertoire and enjoys a career combining orchestral playing, chamber music, ensemble playing and solo performances.

Sarah has won numerous competitions including The Prize of Honour of the 12th European Competition of Music in Picardy in 2005, in 2009 she won the NYOS Staffa Award in Edinburgh after an outstanding performance described in several Scottish newspapers (see appendix). More recently, Sarah won the First Prize of the IV International Flute Competition of the Tchaïkovsky Conservatory in Moscow  (2012).

Sarah is a guest in many major European festivals and orchestras such as the Philharmonia Zürich, the Royal Concertgebouw orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestra, The BBC Wales and The Monte Carlo Philharmonic. She has had the chance to play important orchestral repertoire with famous conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mark Elder, Tugan Sokiev, Neeme Järvi, Christoph von Dohnanyi and Daniele Gatti to name a few. She has played alongside the great soloists Boris Berezowsky, Alison Balsom and Andreas Kaufman. Sarah performed in the most famous concert halls in Europe: the KKL in Luzern, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Tonhalle in Zürich, the Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Westminster Cathedral in London and the auditorium Parco de la Music in Rome.