Sarah MeeRan Cave
Sarah MeeRan Cave is an International violinist, composer and educator. She has developed her own method of teaching that invites the student to become his or her own reference point. The student learns how to develop the inner ear, beyond rote learning and memorization. A combination of interval training, singing, theory, relaxation technique, note reading as well as improvisation is uniquely used to provide the student with a solid musical foundation regardless of genre.
Sarah began violin studies at the age of three in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA with Susan Brown. It has been quite the journey. She continued studies at the Manhattan School of Music, receiving a full scholarship to their preparatory division. At university in Chicago, she began teaching privately and was the youngest member in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She played under the batons of maestros Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Sir Mark Elder, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Riccardo Muti. While in Chicago Sarah also worked for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducting music clinics on their behalf. She went on to teach violin both in the US and abroad, including the Bangalore School of Music where she also conducted their chamber orchestra. Later in New York City, she studied sculpture with the renowned Rhoda Sherbell at the Art Students League of New York. In an attempt to fuse her love of music and art, 2013-2015 Sarah attended the Violin Making School of America, the premiere violin lutherie school in the country.
In 2015 Sarah won a full scholarship to attend an Eastern music residency at the prestigious Banff Centre of the Arts in Canada. It was here where Sarah met Pandit Dhruba Ghosh, a master sarangi player and musician of the Hindustani (North Indian Classical) tradition. Impressed and inspired by Dhruba’s master musicianship and the Indian Classical genre, Sarah moved to Bombay, India. She studied with him at Bhavans Bharatiya Sangeet & Nartan Shikhaspeeth until his passing in July 2017.
Sarah experiences music beyond the segregation of different genres. She’s dabbled in jazz and Balkan music and extensively studied Western Classical under Charles Pikler, Rony Rogoff, Tom Zelle, Anca Nicolau, Janet Sung, and Marco Fornaciari in Florence, Italy. She’s performed string quartets and other chamber works with Midori, worked with Don Weilerstein, St. Lawrence Quartet, Chee-Yun, and the Brentano String Quartet, among others. Pandit Dhruba Ghosh had an enormous influence on her artistry and perspective. It is through her music that she hopes to encourage joy, peace and connection. Non-profit Arts education also takes significant priority in her life. Sarah has taught violin through two programs based on Venezuela’s El Sistema, a free, outreach program. An avid teacher, Sarah currently teaches her own method of violin-ear training-improvisation in her private studio as well as conducts music workshops at home and abroad in sound-body awareness in collaboration with Feldenkrais practitioner/dancer Michel Casanovas of France.
As a composer, Sarah’s influences span from Bach and Bartok, to Roma Gypsy music, Latin, Arabic, and Indian Classical. She writes works for solo, chamber, world ensembles, and voice. She created, produced and performed/performs in her own show called Home en Root.