Concert Biography

Violinist Sara Deborah Struntz-Timossi enjoys a versatile musician’s life as a recitalist, soloist, chamber musician, early music performer, teacher and mother. Since her soloist debut in her native Germany at age 15 with Khatchaturjan’s violin concerto she has appeared as a soloist on the modern and baroque violin across Europe, including at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Cadogan Hall and Lufthansa Baroque festival, and has performed chamber music at venues like the Wigmore Hall and King’s Place as well as festivals including the Newbury Spring, Brighton Early Music and London Handel Festival and Trigonale. She received a Philip&Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists from Making Music in 2008 and has broadcast on BBC 3 and German Radio stations. In 2017 she was the winner of the First Prize and Audience Prize at the International Competition for Baroque Violin Premio Bonporti in Rovereto, Italy.

Sara regularly joins leading baroque ensembles such as the English Concert, Dunedin Consort, Florilegium, La Serenissima, and OAE and was a member and section leader of the European Union Baroque Orchestra 2008. She appeared as a soloist on critically acclaimed CDs with La Serenissima and EUBO and was a founder member of the Chiaroscuro String Quartet from 2005-2009.

Sara Deborah was a scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music, London, where she was taught by Natalia Boyarsky, Yfrah Neaman, Catherine Mackintosh and Adrian Butterfield. She further learned with Ana Chumachenco, Andras Keller, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Rainer Kussmaul, Gordan Nikolitch, Isabelle van Keulen and Rachel Podger in masterclasses and summer schools including Summer Academy Salzburg, IMS Prussia Cove, Carl-Flesch-Academy and Keshet Eilon.

Sara Deborah was the RCM String Junior Fellow 2008 and taught as an Assistant Teacher for Violin at the Yehudi Menuhin School until 2012. She directs the SouthDowns Camerata and founded the now annual music festival, the Spirit of Music Festival in Hampshire, England. She plays on two beautiful Genovese violins, J. Cordanus from 1772, and F. Loewenberger from 2008 (copy of Maggini).