Sarah Nemtanu

Sarah Nemtanu

Sarah Nemtanu

Sarah Nemtanu is concertmaster of the Orchestre National de France. At the beginning of 2011 Figaro Magazine named her one of six female violinists who were making a big impact on the international classical music scene.


    Sarah Nemtanu’s artistic career clearly reflects her generous, inquisitive and enterprising personality: her abundant energy and innovative ideas are reflected in her orchestral work, in chamber music, the creation of festivals and her presence alongside artists from completely different backgrounds. 

    She left Bordeaux at the age of sixteen to study at the CNSM in Paris and thus benefited from two particular influences: that of her father Vladimir, who had studied in Bucharest with Stefan Gheorghiu, heir to the school of David Oïstrakh, and that of her teacher Gérard Poulet, a worthy ambassador of the style and elegance of the French violin school.

    She was appointed concertmaster of the Orchestre National de France in 2002 and has occupied this position with great enthusiasm and commitment for the past 20 years. She has also performed as a soloist and chamber musician on the finest concert podia and in international festivals.

    Her love of passing on knowledge, inherited from her father, is a particularly important part of her musical life. She has recently been appointed professor of violin at the CSNM in Paris.