Biography of Musica Bella soloist Sara Cortinas

Cellist Sara Cortinas, born into a musical family, initially studied with Walter Grimmer at the Konservatorium und Musikhochschule Zürich, Switzerland. At age seventeen, Sara began her studies at The Juilliard School with Harvey Shapiro and David Soyer, from where she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She continued her studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with Janos Starker. Currently, she is completing her doctoral studies at Stony Brook University, New York.
      She has participated in numerous music festivals, including the Gregor Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles, the Perlman Music Program in Shelter Island, New York, and the Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander in Spain. She also has had master classes with Steven Isserlis, Lluís Claret, and Michel Strauss.
      Ms. Cortinas has been a prize-winner in the Holland-America Music Society Cello Competition, the Concurso para Violoncello Carlos Prieto, and the Olga Koussevitzky Competition for Strings in New York. She has collaborated with musicians such as members of the Emerson String Quartet, Itzhak Perlman, and Bruce Brubaker, and has performed in festivals and concerts in Germany, Switzerland, and the United States. She has played chamber music in Alice Tully Hall and the Mendelssohn-Saal at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig. The list of the conductors she has played under includes Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Ashkenazy, George Manahan, and David Robertson.
      From 2009 to 2011, Ms. Cortinas was teaching assistant and cello instructor for ungraduates at SUNY Stony Brook. She is currently on the faculty at the Music Institute of Long Island and is a member of the Almava Trio (

This bio last updated April 19, 2014