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.
Sarah Praetorius 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.
She regularly participated in the competition “JugendMusiziert“, achieving success in the judging of both solo and duo performances as well as in ensembles.
Sarah Praetorius 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.
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 ChamberOrchestra.
She started her studies at the conservatory for music and theater “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” Leipzig from 2016-2018, first with Guy Ben-Ziony, later with Dorothea Hemken.
Subsequently, she has been studying at the conservatory for music “Carl Maria von Weber” in Dresden with Piotr Szumiel since 2018. She has received chamber music lessons from Frank Reinecke, Christin Schwarz, Caspar Frantz, Wolfgang Mäder, Hanns-Martin Schreiber and Erich Höbarth.
photo by Josef Schumann
Furthermore, she gathered musical inspiration through master classes with Erich Krüger, Pauline Sachse, Dietmar Hallmann, Tatjana Masurenko, Pascal Robault, the Kuss quartet, 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 has been a member of the Gyldfeldt quartet since 2018. The quartet is studying at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia Madrid with Günter Pichler thanks to a scholarship by the Albéniz Foundation. She is also supported by the scholarship of the "Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung".