Inspired at the age of three by children playing violin on PBS TV specials, Sarah Martin, originally from Dallas, Texas, began studying the violin two years later at age five. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, during which time she studied with University of North Texas professor Julia Bushkova. She then received her Bachelor of Music at Oberlin Conservatory in Violin Performance and her Bachelor of Arts at Oberlin College in Psychology.
At the conservatory, her principal teacher was Gregory Fulkerson. In 2014, she received her Master’s degree in Violin Performance at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where her principal teacher was Chicago Symphony violinist, Blair Milton.
As an avid orchestral and chamber musician, Sarah has participated in several international orchestra tours and music festivals, including many in Europe, the United States, Asia and South America. She has performed in world-renowned concert halls such as Royal Albert Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Rudolfinum in Prague, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and the Philharmonie in Berlin just to name a few.
Sarah has received a Downbeat award and has won the Grand Prize for the Chamber Music International Competition. She has played with Stevie Wonder and she was invited to play on the same stage as Erykah Badu and Prince during Super Bowl XLV weekend. In 2012, Sarah was honored with the three-year fellowship with Chicago Sinfonietta and Grant Park Orchestra. After finishing her fellowship, she performed as a classical freelance musician throughout the Illinois and Chicago area, taught as a music educator, worked as a studio recording musician, and also pursued her interest in non-classical genres by performing with several bands. In 2016, she moved to Berlin, Germany to continue her music career in Europe. She now enjoys freelancing in orchestral, chamber, contemporary, and opera ensembles, has a growing violin studio, and also enjoys performing and experimenting in non-classical collaborations with fellow artists. She also continues to perform chamber music internationally through RWS Entertainment as a Lincoln Center Stage musician.
Sarah's mission as a musician is to uplift and enrich the cultural life of audiences through the culture-bridging power of music.