Sarah Moffatt

Sarah Moffatt was born in Dublin (Ireland). She studied violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) in Dublin with Maeve Broderick and Deirdre Ward, and also in masterclasses with Ruggiero Ricci, Hu Kun, Alexandre Brussilovsky , Maya Homburger and Franco Gulli. In 2000 she was awarded a postgraduate scholarship to study Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music (London): there she studied baroque and classical violin with Monica Huggett, Catherine Mackintosh and the late Micaela Comberti,  and took masterclasses with Elizabeth Wallfisch and Ingrid Seifert,  also studying viola da gamba from Richard Campbell. At the RAM she performed as leader and soloist with the RAM Period Instrument Baroque Orchestra, and was awarded prizes for solo performance and chamber music, as well as further scholarship bursaries from the Irish Arts Council, SIPTU (Ireland), and the Colin Keer Trust. She graduated from the RAM in 2002 with a DipRAM, the Academy’s highest award for a final recital.

Sarah is co-director and manager of the ensembles Capilla Cayrasco & Camerata Cayrasco, and co-founder and member of the trio Ensemble Shudi.She is also a member of the New London Consort (Philip Pickett), where she performs on both renaissance and baroque violin. She also performs with the English Baroque Soloists (John Eliot Gardiner) on baroque and classical violin.

She has performed as leader of the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment,  The Irish Baroque Orchestra, New London Consort, Florilegium, the Festive Orchestra of London/Feinstein Ensemble, the Sweelinck Ensemble and English Touring Opera and has also worked extensively as leader of Opera Theatre Company (Ireland). She has been broadcast as soloist on BBC Radio 3 (UK), RTÉ Lyric FM (Ireland), Catalunya Rádio and Radio Nacional de España (Spain).

In Ireland, she worked for a number of years with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, where she took part in recordings of symphonies by Malcolm Arnold for Naxos. She has also performed extensively with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and recorded for Irish Film Orchestras.

As a member of the UK-based chamber ensemble Florilegium, she recorded a number of CDs for the record label Channel Classics, including two CDs of baroque music from the Jesuit missions in Bolivia. As a principal member of La Serenissima, she has recorded numerous CDs for AVIE, including as soloist in concerti for three and four violins by Vivaldi, Locatelli and Valentini, and chamber works by contemporaries of Vivaldi. In 2006-2007 Sarah performed on both violin and viola for a CD recording and worldwide tour of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti with the European Brandenburg Ensemble directed by Trevor Pinnock (AVIE Records). She is one of the few professional violinists also specialising in performing renaissance music on both violin and rebec.

Sarah’s freelance career has led her to work with all the main UK-based period-instrument ensembles, including the English Baroque Soloists (John Eliot Gardiner), The English Concert (Andrew Manze), the Academy of Ancient Music (Andrew Manze/Christopher Hogwood), The Sixteen (Harry Christophers), Sonnerie (Monica Huggett), the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The King’s Consort (Robert King), Concordia, The Hanover Band, the London Handel Orchestra (Laurence Cummings) and Collegium Musicum 90 (Richard Hickox). With these groups she has toured extensively throughout Europe, the Americas and the Far East and recorded CDs of music from Purcell to Mozart and Hummel for EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion, CORO, BIS, AVIE Records and Chandos Chaconne. She also works with the Spanish groups Hippocampus, La Capilla Real de Madrid, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla (OBS) and Capella de Ministrers.

She holds teaching qualifications from both the RAM (London) and the RIAM (Dublin), and in 2008 was awarded the title of Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (London) for distinguished services to the music profession in her field.

In 2011 she was invited as coordinator and string tutor for the Royal Irish Academy of  Music’s project of Historically-Informed Performance.

“There was a lot to enjoy: the warmth and agility of Sarah Moffatt’s violin playing, the general deftness and style of the ensemble...”

M. Adams, The Irish Times

“The playing was never short of confidence or precision in rhetoric... The strong concertino group was led from the front desk by Sarah Moffatt.”

M. Adams, The Irish Times



Andante & Allegro

Recorded live in concert with Capilla Cayrasco at

XV Ciclo “Los Siglos de Oro”, Fundación Caja Madrid

Madrid, Iglesia del Real Monasterio de Santa Isabel, 12/06/10

Sarah Moffatt, violin

“... and special mention must go to leader Sarah Moffatt, for her beautiful violin sound...”

T. Taylor, Fringe Review