German soprano Sarah Maria Sun is regarded as one of the foremost leading specialists of contemporary music with a repertoire spanning more than 800 catalogued works of the 20th and 21st century, among them 300 world premieres. Beside that she performed around 350 works from early music to the late romantic era. Her unique artistry has captured the attention of the world’s leading composers, from Heinz Holliger, Helmut Lachenmann, Salvatore Sciarrino to Dieter Schnebel, working closely with them to explore and expand techniques within new vocal music and music theatre.
Her demands as an interpreter of music ranging from the 16th to the 21st century has brought her many successful collaborations with esteemed conducters like Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Thomas Hengelbrock, Heinz Holliger, Susanna Mälkki and Christoph Spering in concerts with such world renowned orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. She has also collaborated with ensembles including musikFabrik Köln, Ascolta, Ensemble Modern, Les Percussion de Strasbourg, Ensemble Recherche, Sinfonietta Leipzig, Ensemble 2e2m and string quartets such as the Arditti, Diotima, Signum, Aron and Minguet in prestigious international venues including the Suntory Hall Tokyo, Muziekgebow Amsterdam, Zürcher Tonhalle, Auditorio National Madrid, Enescu Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin, Philharmonie of Berlin and Cologne, Biennale Paris, Venice and Munich, Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen, Arnold Schönberg Center Wien, festivals in Witten, Ruhrtriennale, Donaueschingen, Salzburg plus many more. She has appeared in many leading European opera houses such as Zurich, Bale, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Dresden, Zagreb, Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Paris. The NDR has dedicated three portrait concerts to her in 2012, 2016 and 2018.
From 2007-2014 she was the first soprano of the internationally renowned Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, an ensemble which has been at the forefront of contemporary music for the past 30 years.
Besides numerous radio recordings, her discography includes more then 30 CDs of which some have won awards. In 2017 four of her six new albums were nominated for the German Critique Award. In the same year she was nominated as best singer of the year for her performance as „Elsa“ in Sciarrino’s monodrama „Lohengrin“ at the Salzburger Osterfestspiele.
Sarah Maria Sun has given masterclasses for vocal music of the 20th and 21st century at the universities of Harvard, Chicago, Oslo, Stockholm, Zürich, Rostock, Moscow, Hannover and Berlin. She started singing at the age of ten and began her training in Cologne and Stuttgart under the guidance of Darinka Segota. She currently works with Tanja Ariane Baumgartner.