©2019 by Sarah Gait

INTRODUCTION

Cellist Sarah Gait comes from North Cumbria. She recently received a Distinction in her final Masters recital at the Royal Academy of Music, having previously graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a First Class BMus(Hons) degree.
An awardee of the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation and EMI Music Sound Foundation, Sarah has performed for BBC Radio 3’s Live in Concert and featured in Classical Music Magazine. Also a composer, her works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Sarah is a keen promoter of classical music with young people, appearing as Ambassador for the BBC Proms Inspire Scheme.
Alongside award-winning American violinist Luke Hsu, Sarah is co-director of the group Platform Music, a contemporary music project.

 

BIOGRAPHY

London-based cellist Sarah Gait recently completed a Master of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of professors Guy Johnston and Robert Cohen. Originally from North Cumbria, Sarah previously graduated with a First Class BMus(Hons) degree from the Royal Northern College of Music. Sarah has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in venues across Europe and the UK, including for BBC Radio 3’s Live in Concert and on Italian Radio 3. She has featured in Classical Music Magazine and works to promote the role of classical music with young people, currently appearing as Ambassador for the BBC Proms Inspire Scheme.
Sarah is grateful for the support of generous individuals and charitable foundations, including the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation, EMI Music Sound Foundation and BBC Fame Academy. She is also the recipient of prizes including the BBC Proms Young Composer’s Competition, RNCM Weil Prize for Chamber Music, JRNCM Director’s Prize, prize-winner in the RAM Jacob Barnes Prize and RNCM Rosamond Prize (winning performance), and a recently announced finalist of the Cumbria Life Culture Awards.
A proponent of new music and herself a composer and improviser, Sarah is the dedicatee of many works by contemporary composers, including Matthew Olyver’s Cello Concerto, which she will premiere this season. Sarah has performed with the London Sinfonietta Academy, Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble under the late Oliver Knussen, and RAM Symphony Orchestra under Semyon Bychkov and Jac van Steen. She has appeared in masterclasses with eminent musicians including Hatto Beyerle (at the European Chamber Music Academy), Stephan Braun (jazz cello), Mario Brunello, Colin Carr, Richard Harwood, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffmann, Gregor Horsch, Ralph Kirshbaum, Miklos Perenyi, Christoph Richter, Hannah Roberts, Rohan de Saram, Jakob Spahn and Sung-Won Yang, and the Henschel and Talich Quartets and Sitkovetsky Trio.
Sarah works with her group Platform Music, co-founded with American violinist Luke Hsu, to promote the role of contemporary and classical music in mainstream culture. Other performances this season have included giving the UK première of Philipp Herschkowitz’s cello and piano opus, performing Bach’s 6th Suite in Colin Carr’s live-streamed Bach masterclass at the Academy, and performing her own arrangement of Kreisler’s Liebesleid at the prestigious Cello Akademie Rutesheim.
Upcoming appearances include performance and recording projects with composers Jon Mayse and Matthew Olyver, as well as engagements with Platform Music, improvising duo Improv Indigo and pianist Yuanfan Yang