|Born in Antananarivo in 1975, Sarah van Cornewal has been based in Switzerland since September 1994, where she teaches recorder at the Conservatoire Populaire de Genève. She works as a freelance musician with various ensembles and orchestras in Europe, Korea, Brazil and Japan, and is frequently invited to give masterclasses on Renaissance and Baroque flutes in France and Switzerland.|
Sarah is a member of The Modena Consort, Anasarel and Fue, and plays regularly with Ensemble Café Zimmermann. She performs frequently in chamber music concerts, and has also got two solo programmes at her disposal: Telemann's 12 Fantaisies and “La flûte dans tous ses états” (The flute in all its guises). Since 2002, she has played both Classical and Romantic flute with various orchestras. From 2007 to 2009, alongside Boaz Berney (maker of historical flutes), she participated in a research project dedicated to the instruments and repertoire of the Grande Ecurie under the direction of Thilo Hirsch (Ensemble Arcimboldo).
She holds diplomas in Baroque flute and recorder from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and the Schola Cantorum in Basel. In 2007, she won first prize in the Baroque Flute Artist Competition at the National Flute Association in Albuquerque USA, and was also a prize-winner at the International Telemann-Wettbewerb in Magdeburg. She is also a holder of the Certificat d'Aptitude.She has recorded with Ensemble Elyma (K617), Café Zimmermann (Alpha), Diana Baroni and Dirk Börner (MA Recordings), Il Desiderio (Aeolus), The Modena Consort (Cornetto, Pan Classics) and Les Ombres (Ambronay).