Portrait Sarah Nemtsov

Sarah Nemtsov (Germany), idea, artdirector, composer

Sarah Nemtsov (née Reuter) was born in Oldenburg, Germany in 1980. In 1987, she got her first music lessons, around the same time she began writing her first compositions. She studied composition with Nigel Osborne, Johannes Schöllhorn and Walter Zimmermann (Meisterschueler exam with distinction). Sarah was awarded numerous prizes and fellowships, e.g. in 2011 at Villa Serpenara, the German Music Author’s Award 2012 in the category ”Promotion of young composers”, and in 2013 the Busona Composition Prize. She collaborates with renowned ensembles and her compositions are featured in various international festivals – for example at the Donaueschingen Music Days (2011), International Summer Courses for contemporary music Darmstadt (2014), festival Musica in Strasbourg, Festival Ultraschall Berlin, Maerzmusik, Israel Festival or SPOR-Festival in Denmark. Her chamber opera „Herzland“ (2005) premiered in Hanover in 2006; it was staged at the Bavarian state opera in 2011. In 2014 she was teaching (composition/music theatre) at the Cologne Music Academy, and she was a composer in residence with three pieces performed at the Philharmonic orchestra Erfurt in 2014/15. Sarah lives and works in Berlin.