Sarah Maria Sun is one of the foremost leading interpreters in contemporary music. She began her training in the Bel Canto style and eventually shifted to music of today, performing with conducters like Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Peter Rundel, Thomas Hengelbrock, Susanna Mälkki, Heinz Holliger and Christoph Spering. Orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Philharmonic Orchestra Dresden, WDR-, SWR- and BR- and Tokyo-Symphony Orchestra, ensembles such as musikFabrik Köln, Ensemble Modern, Mosaik or Intercontemporain and string quartets as Diotima, Arditti, Signum and Minguet are regular partners. She appeared at the opera houses of Berlin, Zurich, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Basel, Dresden and Paris.
Besides Lied, Opera and Oratorio her repertoire includes more then sevenhundred pieces from the 20th and 21st century. The NDR presented her with portrait concerts twice in 2012 and 2016. She performs in places like Suntory Hall Tokyo, Muziekgebow Amsterdam, Zürcher Tonhalle, Auditorio National Madrid, Enescu Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin, Philharmonie of Berlin and Cologne, Biennale Paris, Venedig and München, Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen, festivals like Salzburger Festspiele, Festival Cervantino Mexico, Donaueschingen, Witten and countless more. In 2017 she was nominated as singer of the year for her performance as “Elsa” in Sciarrino’s monodrama “Lohengrin”.
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, Moskau, Dresden, Hannover and Berlin. Several of her CD recordings won the award of the „Deutsche Schallplattenkritik“.
From 2007-2014 she has been the first soprano of the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. For almost 30 years this extraordinary ensemble of seven soloists has been at the forefront of contemporary music and has worked closely with composers to explore and expand vocal techniques within new vocal music and music theatre. This ensemble is greatly respected and has performed worldwide.