Sarah Darling is always ready to explore new musical terrain. An advocate of contemporary music, she has been involved in the première of more than a hundred new works, including two concertos dedicated to her and a solo sonata played in the Kennedy Center. After a Bachelor’s degree at Harvard and a year at the Juilliard School, she spent four years studying in Amsterdam and Freiburg as a recipient of the Beebe, Paine, and DAAD grants, before returning to her native Boston for a Master’s degree at NEC. Her major teachers include Kim Kashkashian, Wolfram Christ, Nobuko Imai, Karen Tuttle, James Dunham, and Scott Woolweaver. While in Europe, she toured extensively as a member of the Amaryllis-Quartett, with whom she won the Interlaken and Charles Hennen competitions.
She has performed in the Ravinia, Yellow Barn, Sarasota, Norfolk, Kronberg, Baden-Baden, Verbier, Saito-Kinen, and Lucerne festivals, appearing with members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Mendelssohn, New World, Ying, Orion, and Takacs quartets. She has performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Portland and Rhode Island Symphonies, and the Orchestra of Indian Hill, where she is principal viola. She is a member of the Rosetta Trio, the Laurel Quartet, and Boston Hausmusik, and is the founder and director of the Arcturus Chamber Ensemble. Passionate about historical performance practice of all eras, Sarah Darling is Concertmaster and Assistant Director of the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, and recently led a seminar on early music at the Pergolesi Conservatory in Italy. She is the winner of the NEC, Harvard Bach Society, GBYSO, Arlington, Marlboro, and Freiburg Concerto Competitions.