Sara Minelli is an Italian flautist based in London since 2011.  At a very young age, she appeared at Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte of Montepulciano, Siena, founded and directed by Hans Werner Henze.


She graduated in Flute and in Music Education at Conservatoire “Francesco Morlacchi” in Perugia with Nicola Protani and obtained a Diploma of Specialisation in flute at Academy of Music in Florence with Michele Marasco. Her recent teachers include Roberto Fabbriciani and Michael Cox.


Sara has received special recognition and awards as a soloist at International Prize “Valentino Bucchi”- Rome, Prize “Alberto Gori”- Siena, the competition “Five days for the New Music”- Milan.


She was selected to perform in the Klangspuren International Ensemble Modern Academy 2014 and has worked with members of Ensemble Modern, composer Hans Abrahamsen and conductor Brad Lubman.


In 2016 Sara has received the Artists International Development Fund Award from the Arts Council of England for a project which has taken her to Israel.


Sara Minelli is highly regarded as a solo performer and has played extensively and internationally,  performing in prestigious Festivals and venues. She is equally at home with classical repertoire or the fearsome complexity of Brian Ferneyhough, Salvatore Sciarrino.


Sara has performed as a soloist at Fairfield Halls (London), Vox Feminae Festival at Israel Conservatoire of Music (Tel Aviv), Klangspuren Festival (Austria), London Contemporary Music Festival, University of Haifa (Israel), Little Missenden Festival, Les Moments Musicaux de la Touraine( France), King's Place (London), Pontino Festival (Italy), University of Tel Aviv, National Gallery (London), Royal College of Music (London), Instigate Arts (Manchester), GAMO International Festival (Florence), Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge), King's College (London), Handel House (London), Cambridge University, Reading University, Equator's WOW-Women of the World Festival (London), University of Perugia (Italy), Tema Academy for the New Music (Milan).


She collaborates with the Composition faculty at Royal College of Music (London) and is a member of the GAMO ensemble for Contemporary Music in Florence. With the ensemble, she performs at major Italian festivals including the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.


Extremely passionate about New Music, Sara has given the world premiere of numerous works and is the dedicatee of works for solo flute by Alessandro Solbiati, Jonathan Cole, Matteo Giuliani, Marina Leonardi, Maria Vatenina, Alessandro Magini, Hyunjoo Kim, Andrea Benedetto and duo works with flute by Rob Keeley, Hana Ajiasvili,  among others.


She has collaborated with many other composers including Jeremy Thurlow, Richard Causton, Cheryl Frances - Hoad, Sonia Bo, Francesco Lipari and played in the world premiere of a work by Salvatore Sciarrino.


Her solo performances have been broadcast by Israeli Broadcasting Authority, Jerusalem.


She has recorded her first solo album with the EMA records (Italy) and it has been released in July 2018. She has also recorded music for  solo flute  by Cheryl Frances - Hoad for Champs Hill. 


As an orchestral player, she qualified in several orchestral auditions including the Orquestra do Norte in Portugal and worked with many orchestras such as the Milan Symphony Orchestra "Giuseppe Verdi" (Milano).









Sara Minelli - flautist