Sarah started her musical journey as a pianist at a young age, and then a harpist during her teenage years. Her passion for music and harp playing eventually led her in pursuing music full time at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). She graduated with a Diploma in Music with Distinction from NAFA, and at the same time attained the Best Graduate Award. During her studies at NAFA, she was privileged to have been under the tutelage of the harpists of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra – Gulnara Mashurova and Huang Yu-Hsin. Sarah now holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours from NAFA, in collaboration with the Royal College of Music (London).
As an active orchestral musician, she has performed in various ensembles such as The Philharmonic Orchestra, re:Sound Collective, the Orchestra of the Music Makers, the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, NAFA Orchestra, Ding Yi Music Company, as well as the Orchestra Collective. In 2012, she was a finalist of the NAFA-Music Essentials Concerto Competition, where she performed Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto.
As a harpist of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) in 2014, she received a full sponsorship to attend and participate in the LANXESS SNYO Classic, Cultural Exchange Programme at Berlin, where she had the privilege to study with Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Principal Harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same year, she also received a scholarship to participate in the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar in the United States, where she studied with Skaila Kanga, Susan Brady and Kimberly Rowe.
A versatile harpist, she has performed in numerous projects which involve the fusion of genres and varying art forms. Apart from performing a programme of French impressionist works for the Colours of Impressionism exhibition at the National Gallery in 2017, she has also recently collaborated with dancers from the Odyssey Dance Theatre for the company’s 20th Anniversary Gala event. And in 2016, she arranged and performed the theme song of the local variety show ‘Chef on Wheels’ for flute and harp, which was broadcasted on Mediacorp Channel 8. She also performed in the opening act of Mediacorp’s Star Awards 2016 live telecast.