The Swiss flutist Sarah Rumer, born in 1978, has been Principal Flute in the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande since 2004. Previously, she held the same position with the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg and the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra and was a member of the Academy for the Zurich Opera Orchestra. Experiences as an additional musician with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and as guest principal flute for various orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the HR-Sinfonieorchester and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSO) as well as various contemporary music ensembles mark her career.
Originally from Zurich, she studied both flute in the classes of Felix Dorigo and Günter Rumpel and singing with Verena Piller and Rudof Hartmann at the University of Music in her home town, before moving to Vienna, where she studied with Dieter Flury, principal flute at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. During these years, encounters with Michael Kofler, Wolfgang Schulz, Peter-Lukas Graf and Aurèle Nicolet enriched her training.
Winner of prestigious international competitions, including the Carl Nielsen Competition in Odense, the Markneukirchen Instrumental Competition and the Kobe Competition, she has developed an activity as a soloist and chamber musician which has led her to perform at the festivals of Verbier and Lucerne as well as in Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, China, Japan and Korea. Her recordings appear on JPC, Solo Musica and Prospero Classics.
Since 2011 Sarah Rumer has been teaching at the Lucerne University of Music and gives masterclasses in Europe and Asia, including every summer since 2012 at the Meisterkurse Rheinau.