Sarah McMahon began her cello studies with Nora Gilleece at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin in 1987. In 1995 she moved to London where she studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange, Jenny Ward-Clarke and Colin Carr, graduating in 2001 with a first class B Mus degree and a Dip RAM distinction.
Sarah is a passionate chamber musician and a founder member of the Callino String Quartet. They have a busy performing schedule, touring widely throughout Europe, performing at numerous festivals and collaborating with diverse artists such as Barry Douglas, Belcea Quartet, Edgar Meyer, rock band Arcade Fire and John Abercrombie.
In addition to her work with the Quartet, Sarah is deeply committed to historical performance and is the principal cellist with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music and Camerata Kilkenny. She is also regularly invited to play as guest principal cellist with Arcangelo, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Aurora orchestra.
In August 2009 Sarah toured Ireland with the Irish Baroque Orchestra performing the Haydn C major concerto. She has also appeared as concerto soloist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and featured in a critically acclaimed disc for Hyperion of the Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto with Jonathan Cohen and the Kings Consort.
Sarah McMahon gratefully acknowledges the support of The Arts Council and Music Network through the Music Capital Scheme 2009.