Sarah Le Van
was born in Colmar, France, and moved to America at the age of seven, when she made her orchestral solo debut as a violinist with the La Mirada Symphony. Ten years later, she was accepted to Princeton University. As a violinist, she is a 1st place winner of the Blanche Nissim Concerto Competition, and a laureate of the American String Teacher's Association Competition. Recently, she has been accepted to study Violin Performance at the Royal College of Music in London.
Whether as a violinist or a chanteuse, she has performed widely as a soloist in chamber and jazz ensembles, notably in the 26th International Jazz Festival in Munster (featured on television France 3
), the Brunneby Concerts in Sweden, the Steamers Jazz Club series, the LA Philharmonic Encore series, and the Curtis Theatre under the patronage of Resonance Records. In 2012, she was invited to perform in the International Vianden Festival in Luxembourg under the patronage of the US embassy. She has performed in various jazz clubs and venues with pianist Llew Matthews, drummer Matt Gordy, bassist Putter Smith, and jazz veteran Shep Shepherd, to name a few. In May 2013, she was invited to sing and play the violin with jazz legend Michel Hausser's trio in Munster, France, sharing the stage with Manu Dibango.
Her performances in multiple genres have attracted the attention of several noted composers and arrangers, including Grammy award-winner Bill Cunliffe, Emmy-award winner J.A.C. Redford, and Edward D. Zeliff, each of whom entrusted to her the world premieres of their works.
Versatile in a variety of styles and genres of music, she is a member of the Le Van Family Musicians
"Whether as soloists or an ensemble, this audacious and charming family of world-class musicians have performed worldwide to great acclaim. All three children excel as pianists, violinists, and as vocalists; while their father, Eric Le Van
, has been lauded for his own mastery as a concert pianist and recording artist. As amazing a display of brilliance and versatility as one could ever expect to be found in a single family, these young people demonstrate just how much fun is to be had while performing onstage with one's siblings. - The Orange County Register
Over the past decade, the family ensemble has performed in cultural arts series, university concert series, theaters, community concerts, concert halls, festivals, television, charities, conventions. They were selected to participate in NBC's “America's Got Talent” and featured in the French magazine Femme Actuelle
She currently studies the violin with Eric Wyrick
at Princeton University and has received coaching from Michaela Paetsch
. As a vocalist, she has studied with Metropolitan Opera singers Cynthia Munzer
and Kim Josephson
and currently works with Barbara Rearick
. She has received coaching from Reed Woodhouse at Juilliard as well and has studied music theory with the Education For Gifted Youth Program at Stanford University and Professor Dmitri Tymoczko
Ms. Le Van’s multifaceted talent as a musician is also manifest in other creative endeavors. As an actress, Ms. Le Van has been performing on stage since 2002 and was awarded the Inland Theater League Award that year for “excellence in musical theater”. She has also appeared in several short films and television shows, including a supporting role in the gold-winning submission in the Chicago International Festival I Stand Here Ironing and voiceover roles for French Disney. Comfortable in both English and French, she is a member of L'Avant Scène troupe at Princeton University, where she has performed pieces by Feydeau, Moliere, and most notably, the role of Mara in Paul Claudel's L'annonce faite à Marie. She has also participated in director Florent Masse's productions of Feydeau's Une fille à la patte as La Baronne at the Princeton University Art Museum and Gennaro in Victor Hugo’s play Lucrece Borgia. She has participated in masterclasses with Pierre Niney, Louis Arene, and Lionel Lingelser. For movement coaching, she has danced for many years in the Nouveau Chamber Ballet Company under the artistic direction of choreographer Lois Ellen.
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