Competitions 2016

Sarah O'Brien will be a member of the jury in June at the USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington/Indiana, and also at the ARD Music Competition in September. [...] Read more

Exciting concerts next year

In the coming year Sarah O'Brien is again performing at interesting places and with renowned chamber music partners such as Christian Altenburger, Patrick Demenga and Felix Rengli  among [...] Read more

Masterclasses 2015

During the summer of 2015 International Masterclasses were held in the heart of the historic hill town of Montepulciano in the southern part of Tuscany. Sarah O'Brien gave a masterclass [...] Read more


“Sarah O’Brien lets the harp sing”
(NH Dagblaad)

Sarah O’Brien harp is an extraordinarily versatile harpist who proves that the harp is no longer to be confined to a narrow Romantic frame but has a voice of its own, from baroque to contemporary literature.

Sarah O’Brien has been principal harpist with the royal Concertgebouw orchestra Amsterdam and the Munich philharmonic for over 20 years.
In 2014 she decided to concentrate her work on her teaching and devoting more time to her students, she is professor of harp at the University of arts Zurich and the University of Music, Basel. Her students are prizewinners of int. competitions and winners to orchestra positions.

Before her positions in Switzerland, Sarah O’Brien was professor at the Mozarteum Salzburg and the Music Hogeschool in Rotterdam, next to her work in the orchestra.
She has taught as guestprofessor to the Music Universities of Munich and Amsterdam, the Sibelius Academy Helsinki, the Juillard school New York, and the summerclasses in Montepulciano, Italy.
She is member of Jurys for Int. Competitions and orchestra auditions.

Sarah O’Brien studied at the conservatoire de Musique de Genève with Catherine Eisenhoffer and concluded her studies wit a premier prix de virtuosité in 1991.
Further studies with Pierre Jamet, Paris and Susann McDonald, Indiana University, school of music, Bloomington, USA.

She was prizewinner of the Concours d’execution musicale (CIEM) Geneva in 1997.
1991-1994 winner of the study grant of the Ernst Goehner Stiftung Zurich.

1988-1998 harpist of the Sabeth Trio Basel. Winner  of [...] Read more

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