Sarah Plum, violinist

Praised as “both an intrepid new music champion and a violin virtuoso” (textura music magazine), Sarah Plum has had a prolific career advocating for new music, commissioning composers and bringing contemporary music to a wider audience. Personal Noise, Plum’s recent CD release of new music for violin and electronics, has been lauded as “a fantastic new release – a must have for everyone who loves meaningful sonic adventures” (Whole Note Magazine). Plum has been featured at festivals and venues worldwide, including Ankunft:Neue Musik Berlin, Center for New Music San Francisco, Spectrum NYC, Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics as well as at residencies at the Mannheim University for Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim Germany, UC Davis, Duke, Cal State Fullerton and James Madison University among others. Recent concerts include solo recitals at the University of Iowa, Oakland University, Frequency Series in Chicago, Ear Taxi, SEAMUS, Chimefest at the University of Chicago, NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival and chamber music performances with the Fulcrum Point Ensemble, Zodiac Festival Ensemble in France and at the University of Oklahoma’s String Academy. Sarah Plum moved to Chicago in 2018 and since then has been active in local new music, playing with groups such as Dal Niente Ensemble, Fulcrum Point Ensemble and Access Contemporary Music as well as collaborations with numerous Chicago composers and performers. She is on the faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, Lake Forest College and Michigan State University. Her gold medal at the International Stulberg Competition in 1983 launched her performance career.