Equally respected as a violinist and violist, Sarah McElravy is enjoying a diverse international career of concerto, recital, and chamber music performances. Highlights of the 2021/22 season include performances with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonia, Warsaw Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Highly regarded in Europe, North America and Asia, recent highlights include appearances as soloist with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk Chamber Orchestra, Innsbruck Philharmonic, Kristiansand Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and Sofia Philharmonic. She performed the UK premiere of the Penderecki Double Concerto for Violin and Viola with Julian Rachlin and the Royal Northern Sinfonia conducted by Alexander Joel, and Strauss’ Don Quixote with Boris Andrianov and the Russian National Orchestra under the baton of Dmitri Jurowski. She has also performed with the Moscow Soloists conducted by Yuri Bashmet, as well as the Slovenian Philharmonic, Nice Philharmonic, Turku Philharmonic and Moscow Virtuosi. Ms. McElravy also made her Japan debut with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at the “La Folle Journée” Festival.
In chamber music, 2021 highlights include performances in Xian, China with Martha Argerich, a Beethoven Quartet collaboration at Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt for the Herbstgold Festival, and a special Bach “Goldberg Variations” project that will be toured throughout Europe. She has performed at the Vienna Musikverein, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall, Prague Spring Festival, Sion Festival, Lauenen Chamber Music Festival, Julian Rachlin & Friends Festival in Palma de Mallorca, Kronberg Academy, Schloss Elmau, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and the Janine Jansen International Chamber Music Festival. Ms. McElravy's chamber music partners include, among others, 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. The ensemble served as Fellowship Quartet-in-residence at Yale University, Apprentice Quartet at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and gave teaching residencies at the University of Iowa, University of Idaho, Caramoor Festival, and Detroit Chamber Music Society amongst others. The quartet gave frequent masterclasses, lectures, and educational outreach performances across the United States and Canada. The Linden Quartet received Gold medal and Grand prize at the 2009 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, 2009 Coleman National Chamber Ensemble Competition, the 2010 Hugo Kauder Competition, the ProQuartet Prize at the 9th Borciani String Quartet Competition, and a prestigious New York Concert Artists Guild management contract.
In 2014, Ms. McElravy founded the Chamber Music Society México, an organization dedicated to presenting world-class chamber music in México City. As the Artistic Director, she brought leading North American artists to perform and provide educational programs for talented young Mexican musicians.
Ms. McElravy received her Bachelor and Master of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Paul Kantor and Stephen Rose. 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 a 1791 Ferdinando Gagliano violin and a 1785 Lorenzo Storioni viola on loan to her courtesy of the Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung in Vienna, Austria.
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