Sarah O’Brien
Harp solo, chamber music, contemporary music, orchestra repertoire
Solo,- Kammermusik, Neue Musik,

Our Zurich Harp faculty:

Arianna Savall
Baroque and historic harps, with concerts and performance possibilites.

Una Prelle and Julie Palloc
Orchestra Training.
Both are principal harpists of the Zurich Opera, in collaboration with the Zurich Opera.



Basel: Music Academy


Lily Laskine Concours, October 2014 in Paris
Reinl-Wettbewerb, February 2015 in Munich
International Harp Competition Bloomington June 2016
ARD International Music Competition September 2016 Munich
Deutscher Musikwettbewerg, March 2018 in Bonn
Orchestra Auditions



Invitations to masterclasses in Montepulciano, in Switzerland, in England or France, to the UdK Berlin, University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, Julliard School of Music, Helsinki Music Academy u.a.




The students of the classes at the Universities of Zurich and Basel are among the leading young harpists of their generation. We have prizewinners of international competitions and orchestra-positions as well as teaching jobs and winners of scholarships and orchestra academy-positions.

A broad repertoire, deep musical expression and high technical abilities are the basis – but even more than this, Sarah O’Brien loves to bring out the personal strength of each student, their personality and self-esteem  in order to make the study-years as promising as possible for a successful life within the music world and their instrument, the harp!

Please contact me directly to find out more. Scholarships and financial support through the universities are possible.

Alumni and current students

Christina Kurz

Orchester Aachen

Emilie Jaulmes

Stuttgarter Philharmoniker

Paola Baron

Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Sarah Stern

Orchestra Teatro Colon Buenos Aires

Isabel Goller

Dresdner Staatskapelle Akademie

Johanna Solbes

Symphonisches Orchester Trier

Giulia Ott

Verbier Festival Orchestra
Prize of the Schenk Foundation

Luna Vissers

2. Prize Helsinki Harp Competition

Rahel Schweizer


Ulysses Ensemble


Marika Riedl


1. Prize Concours International Félix Godefroid
2. Prize International Harp Competition Slovenia
Special Prize ARD Competition 2016
Special Prize Suoni d’Arpa 2017


Joanna Thalmann


1. Prize International Harp Competition Limoges



Joel von Lerber


3. Prize International Golden Harp Competition
2. Prize Michal Spisak International Music Competition
6. Prize International Harp Competition in Bloomington
2. Prize  Int. Israel Harp Competition




Viviane Nüscheler



1. Prize Marcel Tournier Competition
1. Prize Helsinki Harp Competition


Hannah Senfter


Sinfonie Orchester Klagenfurt

..and more:

Paola Baron
Sasha Boldachev
Amandine Carbuccia
Estelle Costanzo
Isabel Goller
Emilie Jaulmes
Joel von Lerber
Marika Riedl
Esther Severac
Severine Schmid
Antonia Schreiber
Joanna Thalmann

And many, many other that give concerts, perform and teach very actively…

Dienemann Stiftung, Ernst Göhner Stiftung,
Lyra Stiftung, Bruno Schuler Stiftung,
and and…ongoing success!