Sarah Nemtanu became a well-known violinist when, at the age of 21, she was named principal violist in the Orchestre National de France. In 2010, her first record Gypsic topped sales charts in France. In 2009 she was the ‘real’ violinist in Radu Mihaileanu’s film Le Concert. Before all this, however, Sarah Nemtanu began violin studies with her father, Vladimir, principal violinist of the Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine. She then studied with Gérard Poulet at the Paris Conservatory, graduating with first prizes in violin and chamber music when she was 18.
Following the awards she won in the Saint-Jean de Luz and Antonio Stradivarius competitions, she was introduced to the public in a recording of Brahms’s Double Concerto with Gautier Capuçon, conducted by Emmanuel Krivine. Her solo appearances with the Orchestre National de France, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra have earned high praise, and she has performed with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev and Riccardo Muti in some of the world’s most prestigious venues.
Her repertoire encompasses the solo and chamber literature, and she enjoys revisiting the “classics”, as her recording Gypsic shows. She also appreciates a variety of non-classical music, as demonstrated by her performances with Richard Galliano, Chilly Gonzales, Ibrahim Maalouf, and the singer Juliette.
Sharing her expertise is important to her, and she participates in a variety of charities including the French society Musique et Santé for children in hospitals and Amnesty International. She also teaches young musicians in Masterclasses and other pedagogical settings.
Photo by Jean-Baptiste Millot
Martinu - Double Concertos