Sara Johnson Huidobro was born in 1992 in León (Spain), where she began her harpsichord studies with Nacho Rodríguez and Delia Manzano. She did her Bachelor with Silvia Márquez at the Conservatory of Aragón (obtaining “Summa cum Laude”), where she also took her first organ lessons with Saskia Roures. She fulfilled her harpsichord Master with Carsten Lohff at the "Hochschule für Künste Bremen", where she studied organ with Roland Dopfer and Stephan Leuthold. At present, she combines her organ and fortepiano studies at the "Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover" (in the classes of Roland Dopfer and Prof. Zvi Meniker)  with her activity as a concertist and teacher.

 

Sara Johnson has recently won a scholarship  from the "Deutscher Musik Wettbewerb" (German Music Competition) and the Early Music special prize of the Ensemble Akademie Freiburg with the ensemble "Marsyas Baroque" (March 2019). Furthermore, she has won several prizes and mentions: the second prize at the National Organ Competition "Francisco Salinas" (Burgos, Spain, 2019), the second prize at the "Maurizio Pratola" International Early Music Competition (with "Cancrizans Duo", l' Aquila, Italy, 2017),  the second prize at the "Torneo Internazionale di Musica" (Turin, 2016), the prize of the jury and the special prize of the audience in the II International Festival of Early Music from Gijón (with the Ensemble “Barrock’n’Roll”, 2013), the Special Mention at the National “Young Musicians” Competition (Murcia, Spain, 2010), the Special Mention at the National “Melómano” Competition (Madrid, Spain, 2009), the Extraordinary Music Prize from Castilla-León (Spain), etc.

 

She has been a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra 2016-2017, and has collaborated with the "Simón Bolívar" Baroque Orchestra from Venezuela (Karlsruhe, 2015) and "Les Enchantants" (Bremen, 2015).

 

In September 2018, she has participated in the Festival for Early Music "Trigonale", in South- Austria, where she has been invited for 2019.

 

She has performed at several concert halls and churches as a soloist on the harpsichord and the organ: Arp Schnitger organ in the St. Cyprian und Cornelius Church in Ganderkesee (2018), organs of Astorga's Cathedral and Parish Church Santa María in La Bañeza (2017-2018), harpsichord concerts at the festival "Hausmusikwoche Bremen" (2018), solo concerts at the "Ángel Barja" concert hall (León, 2015),  in the "Tañedores" concert series (Zaragoza, 2010, 2012), concert tour as harpsichordist organized by “Juventudes Musicales de España” through some Spanish towns (León, Ponferrada, Sober, La Vall d´Uxó, etc, 2011-2012),  etc.

 

She is co-founder of the ensemble “Barrock’n’Roll”, which has given concerts in many festivals and concert series in Spain (Festival of Early Music from the Pyrenees, concerts in Estany Gento and Pont de Suert, 2014; Chamber Music Festival "Fundación Monteleón", León, 2015; "Cercle Cultural Sant Lluc", Barcelona, 2015...). Moreover, she has performed with "La Folia" at the “Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center” (Izmir, Turkey, 2012) and with ensembles "Ambraflocken" and "Cancrizans Duo" in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. 

 

She has done CD- recordings  with the "Kammerensemble Konsonanz" and the international trumpet soloist Fabio Brum (October, 2018), with the same ensemble and renowned soloists from the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela (Edicson Ruiz, Pacho Flores, Alejandro Carrillo and Sergio Suárez; September 2017) and with the Bremer Baroque Consort (under the conducton of Manfred Cordes; August, 2018) .

 

She has taken organ lessons from Hans Davidsson, Pieter Dirksen, Montserrat Torrent and Roberto Fresco (Palencia, Spain, 2017), pianoforte lessons from  Mikayel Balyan (Bremen, 2017) and harpsichord courses from  Lars Ulrik Mortensen (Echternach, 2015, 2016), Marieke Spaans (Echternach, 2015, 2016), Andreas Staier (Karlsruhe, 2015), Ilton Wyuniski (Aveiro, 2005; Vinça, 2006; Académie Musicale de Villecroze, 2011), Pierre Hantaï (Montisi, 2010; Lisieux, 2012; Saint Loup, 2013),  Jacques Ogg (Salamanca, 2012), etc.