Violinist Sarah Grimes, a native of the Twin Cities, joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2016, where she is a member of the first violin section. During the 2015-16 season, she performed full-time as a Guest Musician with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A graduate of the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music and formerly a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Grimes was concertmaster of the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra and a freelancer in the Chicagoland area during her studies.
She appeared as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2005 and 2010, with the Minnesota Sinfonia in 2012, and now performs annually as a soloist with the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, where she currently serves as concertmaster. An active chamber musician in the Twin Cities, she has been featured in the Minnesota Orchestra Chamber Music Series, Liquid Music Series, the SPCO Chamber Music Series, Outpost, Bakken Trio, Isles Ensemble, The Musical Offering, and at festivals around the world including Kneisel Hall Chamber Music, Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills, and Astona International.
Her principal teachers include Sarah Kwak and Almita Vamos.