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Sarah Plum began her performing career by winning the first prize at the International Stulberg Competition in 1984. Since then she has carved out a distinctive role as a serious interpreter of a large range of music – commissioning many new works as well as crafting fresh interpretations of the standard repertoire. Sarah has been sought after by orchestras and fellow musicians in the US and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician for concerts at venues and festivals such as Luzern Festival, Ars Musica Brussels, Cite de Musique, and the Barbican. Her performances have been praised as “consistently stunning with works that demanded conventional virtuosity but also great skill in unconventional techniques” (third coast journal) and “extraordinary, meaningful and magnificent music” (Berlin Tageszeitung).
Plum recently released two new CDs on the Blue Griffin label that are garnering critical praise: Music for a New Century (BGR 371)features world premiere recordings of violin concerti by Sidney Corbett and Christopher Adler with conductors Nicholas Deyoe and Akira Mori and Bela Bartok: Works for Violin and Piano, Volume 1 (BGR 373) is the first of a two volume set of Bartok's works for violin and piano with her longtime duo partner Timothy Lovelace. The Whole Note Magazine wrote of her concerto CD: "I can't think of a better flag bearer than Sarah Plum who is quite brilliant here, or better performances or interpretations. This is an important addition to the contemporary violin concerto discography."
As a new music specialist Plum has tirelessly championed composers - commissioning, premiering and discovering new works while also bringing them to the attention of a larger public. This has brought her acclaim at noted festivals and venues such as the Ankunft: Neue Musik Festival at the Berlin Hauptbahnhof, New York City Electoacoustic Music Festival, 3rd Practice Festival, the Cube at the Institute for Creativity and Technology at Virginia Tech, Sonic Landscapes at California State University Fullerton and Unruly Music at the Marcus Center (Milwaukee) among others
In addition Plum has been invited to participate in residencies at universities such as UC Davis, Virginia Tech, UNC Greensboro, Montana State, San Francisco State, and Santa Clara University where she works with student composers and performs and lectures on a variety of topics.
Recent performances include concerts in New York City at Spectrum, The International Computer Music Conference at the University of North Texas (Denton), The College Music Society in Indianapolis, the Society of Composers Incorporated at the University of Miami (Gainseville) and the Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the US at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, the Scatola Santora in Rome, Italy and at the Zodiac Festival in the South of France.
This fall Sarah will be the featured artist at the Electronic Midwest Music Conference where she will be presenting pieces written for her by Charles Nichols, Eric Lyon, Elizabeth Hoffman and Jeff Herriot as well as pieces by Eric Moe, Ben Broening, Ken Ueno, Sid Richardson and Mark Engebretson.
Plum is associate professor of violin and viola at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where she teaches a full studio of students and passes on the tradition that she has inherited from her teachers.
Plum has appeared on numerous TV and radio broadcasts including the WDR, NDR and Deutsche Welle in Germany, BBC TV in the United Kingdom and Iowa Public Radio. She has recorded on for the Bluegriffin, Bridge, BMG, Albany, Arte Nova and Capriccio labels.
Plum is a graduate of the Juilliard School where she received a BM and MM and SUNY Stony Brook where she received a DMA. Her major teachers were Joyce Robbins, Szymon Goldberg, Dorothy Delay, David Cerone and Lyman Bodman.