Heifetz 2017 alumna Sarah Ma, 14, is currently a student at the Juilliard Pre-College Division under Masao Kawasaki. Sarah has won numerous competitions, including the Grand Prize in the Union City Young Artist Competition, first place in the New York Chamber Players Music Competition, first prize in the Alexander Buono International Competition, first prize in the “Music of Eastern Europe” division of the Great Composers Competition, first prize in the East Coast International Competition, grand prize in the 2017 Ensemble 212 Competition. Recently, Sarah was accepted as a semi-finalist in the prestigious 2017 Cooper International Violin Competition, the 2017 Blount Slawson Young Artists Competition, as well as the 2016 Il Piccolo Violino Magico (“The Magical Little Violin Competition”) in Italy, and received the award for “Best Virtuoso Piece”.
For five years, Sarah studied at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College with Elizabeth Faidley, where she was the recipient of the Carl Owen Memorial Scholarship Fund as well as previous recipient of the Kate Bamberger Memorial Scholarship Fund. She served as principal second violinist in MSM’s Philarmonic Orchestra (2016-17), as well as concertmaster in Symphony (2015-16) and Repertory (2014-15) Orchestras.
‘Sarah has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, including the Manhattan String Orchestra, the New York Concerti Sinfonietta, the Manhattan School of Music’s Symphony Orchestra, the Union City Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble 212, Indiana University’s Informatics Philharmonic, the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New York Chamber Players Orchestra. In her performance with the MSM Symphony Orchestra and the New York Chamber Players Orchestra, Sarah performed on the 1742 ex-David Guarneri del Gesu kindly loaned to her from Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.
In addition to competing, Sarah is a guest of the Tiwanaku Project of Oruro, Bolivia, which helps children in Bolivia with severe untreated burns receive professional medical help. In June 2017, she performed in the Project’s 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert. Other than the violin, Sarah enjoys many other subjects. Last year, Sarah won silver medal in the National Spanish Examination. She also enjoys creating art, winning a Gold Medal on her work “A Thousand Words” and honorable mention on her work “Dream Crane” in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, and first place in the drawing category of the Arline Thomas Urban Bird Literacy/Art Contest. In her free time, Sarah loves to swim, write, paint, and read.