Praised by The New York Times for her "penetrating musical intelligence," her performance "tempestuous" and "imbued with a luminous calm," internationally acclaimed Australian pianist Sarah Grunstein has performed in the United States, Austria, Hungary, Italy, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and her homeland. Reviews have likened her performances to those of Dame Myra Hess, Harold Samuel, and Wanda Landowska.
Early in her career, in celebration of the Bach Tercentenary she performed Bach's complete Well-Tempered Clavier in London's Purcell Room, New York's Merkin Concert Hall, and the Sydney Opera House, her all-Bach recital in London leading to an invitation to perform at Kensington Palace before His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. More recently her performance of the Goldberg Variations led to her being acclaimed as the "shining light" among the Bach pianists of the generation following Glenn Gould.
A winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Award for Young Australians, Sarah Grunstein's performances have been recorded by WQXR New York, 2MBS-FM, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has performed as concerto soloist with the Monteverdi Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Musicians, the Victorian State Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. As soloist and chamber musician, her repertoire spans from the music of J.S. Bach to Australian, American, and European contemporary works.
She is fervent about historic pianos and Bach improvisation. A sought-after pianist and educator inspired by historical performance interpretations, Sarah Grunstein has presented master-classes and seminars on modern and historic pianos in the United States including the New England Conservatory and the Frederick Historic Piano Collection, Durham University in the United Kingdom, the Norwegian Academy of Music, the universities throughout Australia, and at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, as Artist-in Residence. She has adjudicated for composer awards and major piano competitions in the United States.
A longtime Steinway Artist, Sarah Grunstein trained at The Juilliard School where she earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. She earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
She has taught at The Juilliard School as Teaching Fellow, the Manhattan School of Music, Fordham University, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Victorian College of the Arts, the College of the Holy Cross, and the City University of New York. She has created Historic Piano Chamber Festivals at the Frederick Piano Collection.
Passionate about engaging in conversations with audiences, Sarah Grunstein recently presented her Paddington Salon Series in Sydney, workshops on Bach interpretation at the universities throughout Australia, and performed at the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Sydney Opera House.
During the pandemic Sarah Grunstein presented online soirée performances, masterclasses, and conversations about music from her home which were received across the globe.
In 2024 Sarah Grunstein returns to Australia to perform all-Beethoven recitals at the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Sydney Opera House.