Assistant Concertmaster

Sarah McCracken

Sarah began studying violin in Auckland when she was 3, and performed as a soloist with APO, Aotea Youth Orchestra, Academy Orchestra of Auckland, and APPA Festival Orchestra, as well as a solo performance for Prince Charles. 

She completed a Bachelor of music at Victoria University of Wellington with Wilma Smith, Vesa-Matti Leppanen and Donald Armstrong, where she was a finalist in the concerto competition, as well as leading and performing as a soloist with the Victoria University Orchestra. While studying, Sarah worked in 1st violins of the Vector Wellington Orchestra for 3 years, before taking up a contract with the NZSO.

Sarah continued her studies in Europe, first at Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam with Thijs Kramer, then moving to London to complete a Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music with Richard Deakin. 

In 2009 Sarah moved back to New Zealand, and since then has performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra Wellington. She is an active chamber musician, and previously was concertmaster of Bach Musica and the New Zealand Pops Orchestra.