B i o g r a p h y
Sarah Le Van was born in Colmar, France, and moved to America at the age of seven, where she made her orchestral solo debut as a violinist with the La Mirada Symphony. Ten years later, she was accepted to Princeton University, and graduated in 2018 Summa Cum Laude with a BA in French and certificates (minors) in Italian and Musical Performance (Violin). 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. In 2016, she had been accepted through competitive admission to study Violin Performance at the Royal College of Music in London for a semester.
She recently studied 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 at Princeton.
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.