Sarah Darling



A native of Boston, Sarah Darling takes enthusiastic part in the city’s tradition of playing music of all ages and styles. Sarah studied at Harvard, Juilliard, Amsterdam, and Freiburg (with the help of grants from the DAAD and the Beebe Fund) and is currently in the doctoral program at NEC with Kim Kashkashian.

She is the concertmaster and co-director of the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, assisting to Phoebe Carrai and previously Robert Mealy. Sarah can be seen playing with a diverse spectrum of Boston groups - the Symphony, the Pops, Boston Baroque, the Portland and Rhode Island Symphonies, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the Callithumpian Consort, White Rabbit, the Radius Ensemble, Boston Hausmusik, and the unconducted chamber orchestra A Far Cry.

She is also a founding member of several chamber groups - the Rosetta Trio, the Sans Souci Quartet, and the Arcturus Chamber Ensemble, which she directs. She has performed in the Ravinia, Lucerne, Norfolk, Sarasota, and Yellow Barn festivals, alongside members of the Juilliard, Takacs, Borromeo, Ying, Orion, and Cleveland quartets. Sarah is the winner of the NEC, Harvard Bach Society, GBYSO, Arlington, Marlboro, and Freiburg Concerto Competitions.

In the last year, she has also played Bach’s 6th Brandenburg Concerto in Germany and in California, with Joshua Rifkin’s Bach Ensemble and the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra. The Badische Zeitung has described her playing as: “ Powerful, intensive... absolute concentration and astonishing precision.”

(Posted September 2009)

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