Sarah Nielsen Grey is the co-founder and Concertmaster of the Canberra Wind Symphony.
Sarah hails from the musically rich Northern Territory where she spent her formative years playing flute in youth orchestras, symphony orchestras and concert bands. A highlight during this period was performing with classical guitar luminary John Williams. In 1998 she won a Rotary scholarship to attend the Pan-Pacific Music Camp in Sydney, and in 2000 Sarah chose to attend the Canberra School of Music ahead of competing universities. Whilst at the School, Sarah completed four years of studies with Virginia Taylor (ACO, CSO) and Vernon Hill (LSO, MSO, CSO).
In furthering her performance influences Sarah has undertaken classes with many of the world’s leading flute practitioners, including Peter Lloyd (LSO), Felix Renggli (Music Academy of Basel), Paul Edmund-Davies (LSO, Principal Flute of English National Opera), and Michael Cox (BBC SO, London Sinfonia, LSO, Academy of St Martin in the Fields).
During her time at the Canberra School of Music (later becoming part of the Australian National University), Sarah performed with the School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra Symphony Orchestra. She also studied various electives, most notably Conducting with Max McBride (SSO, ACO) and Music Arranging with Ruth Lee-Martin.
In 2002 Sarah was the winner of the Nigel & Ann Flowers Scholarship for Flute at the ANU. Graduating in the subject of flute performance in 2003, her honours subject was the The Trend Towards Impressionism in Australian Flute Music, for which she received first class honours.
Sarah’s subsequent performance career has seen her embark on an eclectic and exciting mix of performance broadening musical experiences. This has included performances with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the renowned Band of the Royal Military College, showcasing the beauty of low flutes in the Supernova Bossa Nova trio, and in 2015, founding the Canberra Wind Symphony with husband Geoff Grey.
In 2018 Sarah was accepted into an international summer school and travelled to Canada to study with tutors from the Royal Academy of Music, William Bennett and Lorna McGhee.