Sarah McElravy, viola, is a canadian violinist and violist. She is enjoying a diverse international career of concerto, recital, and chamber music performances. Acclaimed in Europe, North America and Asia, McElravy appears as soloist in the 2018/19 season with the Moscow Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk Chamber Orchestra, Innsbruck Philharmonic, Kristiansand Symphony and Naples Philharmonic conducted by Julian Rachlin. Furthermore, she will perform 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 she will also perform Strauss’ Don Quixote with Boris Andrianov and the Russian National Orchestra under the baton of Dmitri Jurowski. In chamber music, Sarah McElravy can be heard this season at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Lauenen Chamber Concerts, Turku Festival and Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris.
Recent highlights include appearances with the Moscow Soloists conducted by Yuri Bashmet, as well as the Slovenian Philharmonic, Nice Philharmonic, Turku Philharmonic and Moscow Virtuosi. McElravy also made her Japan debut with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at the “La Folle Journée” Festival. In chamber music, she played at the Vienna Musikverein, Prague Spring Festival, Sion Festival and Julian Rachlin & Friends Festival in Palma de Mallorca. She also performed at the Kronberg Academy, Schloss Elmau, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and the Janine Jansen International Chamber Music Festival.
Sarah 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.
She was a founding member of the Linden String Quartet, hailed as “polished, radiant and incisive” by The Strad Magazine. The ensemble toured extensively and was quartet-in-residence at Yale University and the Cleveland Institute of Music where they gave frequent master classes, lectures, and educational outreach performances. Gold medallist and Grand Prize winner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the quartet was also awarded a management contract with New York’s Concert Artists Guild.
In 2014, 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.
Sarah McElravy studied with Paul Kantor and Stephen Rose at 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.
She plays on a Ferdinando Gagliano violin from 1791 and a 1785 Lorenzo Storioni viola on loan to her courtesy of the Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung in Vienna, Austria.