Sarah Praetorius was born in 1997 in Leipzig, Germany. She received her first music lessons at the Leipzig music school “Johann Sebastian Bach”, starting off on the violin with her teacher Christine Tauber. She switched to viola in 2008, joining the class of Katrin Hallman until 2016. In addition to this, she received a scholarship for outstanding students provided by the Free State of Saxony.
Sarah Praetorius started studying at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” Leipzig from 2016-2018, first with Guy Ben-Ziony, later with Dorothea Hemken. Since 2018 she has been studying at the “Carl Maria von Weber” University of Music, Dresden and at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre with Prof. Piotr Szumiel. Additionally, since 2018 she studies with her string quartet “Gyldfeldt Quartett” at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía Madrid in the class of Günter Pichler. The quartet had concerts in France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and all over Germany.
Sarah Praetorius has received various chamber music lessons from Frank Reinecke, Christin Schwarz, Caspar Frantz, Wolfgang Mäder, Hanns-Martin Schreiber and Erich Höbarth. Furthermore, she gathered musical inspiration through master classes with Erich Krüger, Pauline Sachse, Dietmar Hallmann, Tatjana Masurenko, Pascal Robault, the Kuss Quartett, Anna Lee (Kronberg
Academy) as well as the Alive! quartet, with which she participated in the MDR Music Summer Festival by playing the Mendelssohn’s octet in E flat major.
Sarah Praetorius regularly participated in the competition “JugendMusiziert“, achieving success in the judging of both solo and duo performances as well as in ensembles. She held the position of principal viola player in the Leipzig Youth Symphony Orchestra which won the National German Orchestra Competition twice in a row during that time.
photo by Josef Schumann
The same orchestra cooperated with the MDR Symphony Orchestra, which led to collaborated concerts of the striving young musicians together with their more experienced counterparts in the professional orchestra. She additionally was the principal viola player of the Youth Orchestra Saxony. Various concert travels brought her to the USA, Ethiopia, Switzerland, Italy and Greece.Moreover she gave concerts as a soloist in the Gewandhaus (Leipzig) with the Leipzig Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as with the Young Central German Chamber Orchestra. In 2018 she was also supported by the scholarship of the "Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung".