• Sabrina Ma — Multi-percussionist
    Berlin / Hong Kong

  • Berlin-based percussionist Sabrina Ma premieres fresh-off-the-press new music, (re)interprets historical works, gives solo concerts, plays in chamber ensembles, collaborates with theatre-makers, singers, actors and dancers, commissions and curates.
  • Sabrina Ma was born in Plymouth, England in 1985 and grew up in Hong Kong. She studied and lived in Ann Arbor (Michigan, USA) and in Freiburg and Karlsruhe (Germany) before moving to Berlin in 2013.

She studied with

  • Prof. Isao Nakamura at Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe (contemporary solo/chamber repertoire)
  • Prof. Bernhard Wulff at Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (contemporary solo/chamber repertoire)
  • Prof. Michael Udow at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (classical percussion, orchestral repertoire)
  • Prof. David Friedman in Berlin (jazz vibraphone/marimba)
  • Franz Bauer in Berlin (jazz vibraphone/marimba, classical percussion, drumset)
  • Sophia Woo at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (classical percussion)

She has worked with

  • composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Toshio Hosokawa, Michael Jarrell, Markus Bongartz, Helmut Oehring, Dietrich Eichmann, Unsuk Chin, Sarah Nemtsov, Moritz Eggert, Olga Neuwirth, Dieter Ammann, Martin Matalon, Johannes Maria Staud, Bertrand Dubedout, Rebecca Saunders, Pascal Dusapin, Markus Hechtle, Georges Aperghis
  • the film and theatre director Andreas Rochholl
  • conductors including David Robertson, Vladimir Jurowski, Pablo-Heras Casado, Franck Ollu, Pablo Rus, Gérard Buquet and Philippe Cambreling

performs internationally

  • as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician
  • in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia
  • at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, Lucerne Festival, Warsaw Autumn, Acht Brücken, Shanghai New Music Week, Time of Music Viitasaari, Festival Mixtur Barcelona, Klangspruen Schwaz, Bozen Transart Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Festival Vielsaitig, Kontrapunkte Speyer, Rheinsberger Pfingstwerkstatt für Neue Musik, Ankunft Neue Musik, Roaring Hooves Festival, Two Days and Two Nights of New Music Festival, Asian Youth Orchestra tour, among others

collaborates regularly with

  • the ensembles El Perro Andaluz (Dresden), MAM.manufaktur für aktuelle musik (Cologne), Trickster Orchestra (Berlin) and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble

and won

  • the German Music Competition and the ZONTA Music Award in Germany (2013)
  • the “De Annelie” Encouragement Prize at TROMP Percussion Competition in Holland (2012)
  • 1st Prize in the Solo Category of the 14th International Competition for Contemporary Music (2012)
  • 1st Prize at the Classical Marimba League Competition in the USA (2010)
  • 1st Prize at the International Performers’ Competition for Marimba in Czech Republic (2009)
  • the Pustjens Prize at the 5th World Marimba Competition in Germany (2008)
  • 3rd Prize at the “4ème Concours International de Vibraphone Claude Giot” in France (2008)
  • the Special Talent Award at the Universal Marimba Competition in Belgium (2007) and
  • the Commercial Radio Prize Instrumentalist Award in Hong Kong (1998).