Sarah Marie Perkins, Danish American violinist and violist, has concertized throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. Ms. Perkins made her orchestral debut at the age of 15 when she was chosen to perform as a member of the London Symphony at the Florida International Festival in 1999. Since then, she has been privileged to perform multiple times at Carnegie Hall, and at prestigious music festivals such as the Tanglewood Music Center and National Orchestral Institute. While on the December 2010 World Orchestra tour, Ms. Perkins received a Musician of Peace Award from the Cultural Foundation of Peace at the International Human Rights Forum in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Current appointments on both violin and viola include performing with the: Acadiana Symphony, Houston Latin American Philharmonic, Lake Charles Symphony, Shreveport Symphony and Victoria Symphony.
Chamber Music Experience
As an avid chamber musician, Ms. Perkins performs regularly with the St. Augustine Music Festival in Florida. Sarah has been coached by Martin Beaver, first violin of the Tokyo String Quartet. As well as Pulitzer Prize winning composers: George Crumb on his composition Black Angels for Electric String Quartet, and, by Aaron Jay Kernis on his composition Goblin Market. She was excited to have joined the September 2011 World Orchestra special Chamber Music Tour with conductor-soloist Josep Vincent and guest artist Cristina Pato of the Silk Road Ensemble. While living in Louisiana, Sarah enjoyed diverse musical opportunities like, chamber music performances with pianist Christopher O'Riley (host of NPR’s From the Top), jazz performances with Harry Connick Jr.; as well as sound recordings for the upcoming movies Odd Thomas (based on the novel series by Dean Koontz) and Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas.
Ms. Perkins has performed in solo master classes for Carol Rodland, Robert Vernon, Roberto Diaz and Kazuhide Ohyama. She has performed solo in music concerts at Remes Recontres Festival Musique des Graves (Bordeaux) and Meadowmount School. Sarah has been privileged to have studied with viola mentors such as Sheila Browne, Rita Porfiris, Jorge Pena and Karen Ritscher. Ms. Perkins was studio assistant to Jesse Levine at the Yale University School of Music, where she received her Master’s Degree on full scholarship. Sarah performs on a German viola made in the 1820s.