Canadian violinist and violist Sarah McElravy is enjoying a diverse international career of concerto, recital, and chamber music performances. Acclaimed for her work in both Europe and North America, Ms. McElravy appears as a soloist in the 2017/18 season with the Moscow Soloists under the baton of Yuri Bashmet, as well as the Slovenian Philharmonic, Nice Philharmonic, Turku Philharmonic, and Moscow Virtuosi led by Julian Rachlin.
In chamber music, she can be heard this season at the Vienna Musikverein, Prague Spring Festival, Gstaad New Year Music Festival, Festival de Febrero in Mexico, Vivarte Festival in Moscow, and the Julian Rachlin & Friends Festival in Palma de Mallorca.
In the 2016/17 season, Ms. McElravy played the Penderecki Concerto Doppio with the Sinfonietta Cracowia under the baton of Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki and performed at the Kronberg Academy, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, International Classic Music Festival in Bogota, Close Encounters Festival in Great Barrington, and Janine Jansen's International Chamber Music Festival.
Ms. McElravy's chamber music partners include Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Vilde Frang, Denis Kozhukhin, Itamar Golan, Andreas Ottensamer, Mischa Maisky, Nicolas Altstaedt, Boris Andrianov, and Daniel Müller-Schott.
A founding member of the award winning Linden String Quartet, hailed as “polished, radiant and incisive” by The Strad Magazine, she has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. Quartet-in-residence at the music departments of Yale University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Iowa, and the University of Idaho, the Linden Quartet gave frequent master classes, lectures, and educational outreach performances.
Awards include Gold medal and Grand prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, a management contract with New York's Concert Artists Guild, the Coleman-Barstow Prize at the 2009 Coleman National Chamber Ensemble Competition, the 2010 Hugo Kauder Competition, and the ProQuartet Prize at the 9th Borciani String Quartet Competition.
In 2014, Ms. McElravy founded the Chamber Music Society México (CMSMx), an organization dedicated to presenting world-class chamber music in México City. As the artistic director, she developed musical collaborations between North American artists and arts organizations. Furthermore, she provided performance and educational opportunities for talented young Mexican students.
Ms. McElravy studied with Paul Kantor and Stephen Rose, and received her Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She subsequently completed a two-year graduate string-quartet-in-residence program at Yale University’s School of Music, mentored by the Tokyo String Quartet.
Ms. McElravy plays on an unknown Italian Violin, ca. 1850, on loan to her courtesy of the Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstivftung in Vienna, Austria.