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 Master at the "Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover" (in the class of Roland Dopfer)  with her activity as a teacher and accompanist in Bremen.

 

She has won several prizes and mentions: 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 2017, she has recorded and performed at the premiere of the "Barroqueanas Venezolanas" from composer Efrain Oscher, together with the "Konsonanz" ensemble and renowned soloists from the "Simón Bolívar" Orchestra of Venezuela (Edicson Ruiz, Pacho Flores, Alejandro Carrillo and Sergio Suárez). Furthermore, in August 2018 she has recorded a CD with the "Bremer Barock Consort" under the direction of Manfred Cordes (chamber music from Grimm, Hammermisch and Försch among others).

 

As a soloist, she has performed at the organs of Astorga's Cathedral and the Church Santa María in La Bañeza. She has done a concert tour as harpsichordist organized by “Juventudes Musicales de España” through some Spanish towns (León, Ponferrada, Sober, La Vall d´Uxó, etc, 2011-2012). She has also performed at the "Ángel Barja" concert hall (León, 2015),  in the "Tañedores" concert series (Zaragoza, 2010, 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 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.