Sarah Silver Manzke


Described as an “eloquent soloist” (Boston Globe) who plays “with lucid heat” (New York Times), violinist Sarah Silver has a multifaceted and international musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher.  After spending the past four seasons as Assistant Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony, she is currently the Acting Associate Concertmaster.

Championing contemporary music, Ms. Silver is particularly passionate about sharing the works of living and recent composers. As part of the 2014 Tanglewood Music Center’s Festival of Contemporary Music, she became only the second violinist to perform Steven Mackey’s violin concerto, Beautiful Passing.  After spending three summers as a fellow, where she won the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize, Ms. Silver was invited back to be a member of the New Fromm Players, a distinguished chamber music ensemble devoted to performing contemporary music. Performances of Elliott Carter’s String Quartet No. 1 as well as the United States premiere of Epigrams, Carter’s last written work, prompted Musical America to feature her as the New Artist of the Month for September 2013.

Residencies have included a teaching fellowship at Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia as well as two seasons in Hong Kong as an artist-in-residence for The Intimacy of Creativity: The Bright Sheng Partnership. Ms. Silver has also performed as a soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, and Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra.  Other music festivals she has performed at include Kneisel Hall, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Spoleto Festival USA, and Aspen Music Festival.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Ms. Silver received a Bachelor of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University, studying with Andrés Cárdenes, followed by a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, studying with Malcolm Lowe.  An avid teacher, she also pursued a minor in music education, earning K-12 certification as an undergraduate following student teaching placements in both general music and instrumental instruction. Following graduate school, Ms. Silver was a fellow for two years at the New World Symphony in Miami.

Ms. Silver is thrilled to be a founding member of Agarita, an innovative chamber music series in her new and beloved home of San Antonio. Simultaneously expanding her career into the business world, Ms. Silver has also served as Marketing Coordinator for the San Antonio Symphony since November 2017 and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at the University of Texas San Antonio.  

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