About Sarah

Following her beginnings as a soloist, French pianist Sarah Tysman turned her attention to lieder and opera, and has worked closely with singers ever since. Since 2016 she has been Professor of Vocal Repertoire at Berlin University of the Arts, alongside which she continues to be in demand as a lieder accompanist and chamber music partner.

From her student days in her native Paris, and later at the University of Music and Theatre Hamburg, Sarah has always trodden an alternative path to conventional pianists. Having laid the foundations of her training with Henri Barda and Grigory Gruzman, she studied chamber music with Pierre-Laurent Aimard before specialising in lieder repertoire with Anne Grappotte and Hartmut Höll. She took part in masterclasses with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Lazar Berman, György Kurtág and Elisabeth Leonskaja.

Her passion for working with singers led her to engagements at the Komische Oper Berlin, where she worked closely with Kirill Petrenko, and also at Zurich Opera. From 2012 – 2016 she was head of music for all opera productions at the Salzburg Festival, and has returned regularly as a guest for individual productions ever since.

As vocal coach and musical assistant, Sarah has been a guest at Berlin State Opera, Theater an der Wien, Bayreuth Festival, Paris National Opera, Stockholm Royal Opera House, and has worked with conductors such as Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding, Philippe Jordan, Ingo Metzmacher, Kirill Petrenko, Franz Welser-Möst, and with many of the greatest singers and directors of our time.

Sarah Tysman has performed at Milan’s La Scala, Zurich Opera House, Vienna State Opera, Dortmund Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Verbier Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall and Zurich Tonhalle. Musical partners have included Angelika Kirchschlager, Anna Prohaska, Maria Bengtsson, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Rolando Villazon, Piotr Beczala, and Michael Volle.

As a soloist, Sarah was an award winner at the Newport International Competition for Young Pianists, the Elise Meyer Competition in Hamburg, the International Maj Lind Piano Competition, and the San Sebastian International Piano Competition. Furthermore, she held a scholarship from DAAD and the Fondation Natexis/ Groupement des banques populaires. Under the direction of Kirill Petrenko she performed Grieg’s piano concerto and Skrjabin’s Prometeus at the Komische Oper Berlin, and Petruschka at the Berlin Philharmonie.

Highlights of the 2017/18 season are a new CD of Richard Strauss Lieder with soprano Maria Bengtsson on the Dabringhaus und Grimm label, and lieder recitals with Piotr Beczala in venues including the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona and at the Opéra Paris.

In summer 2018, Sarah Tysman will once again be head of music at the Salzburg Festival for the opera “The Bassarids“ by Hans Werner Henze, under the direction of Kent Nagano.


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Aug 2018


Salzburger Festspiele 2018 – “Bassarids”

Studienleiterin für die Produktion von “Bassarids” (Oper von Hans Werner Henze) im Juli/ August

Kent Nagano, Musikalische Leitung
Krzysztof Warlikowski, Regie


Recital Schloss Elmau

Wagner, Strauss

Gabriela Scherer, Mezzosopran
Michael Volle, Bariton
Sarah Tysman, Klavier


Jul 2018


Recital with Piotr Beczala

Songs by Schumann, Karlowicz, Dvorák, Rachmaninow

Opéra Paris

May 2018


Recital with Maria Bengtsson

R. Strauss/ H. Wolf/ J. Sibelius/ E. Grieg/ T. Rangström



Feb 2018


Liederabend mit Piotr Beczala

Palau di Musica Barcelona

Jan 2018


Liederabend mit Piotr Beczala

Opernhaus Zürich

Nov 2017


Recital with Wiebke Lehmkuhl


Ev.-Luth.Kirche, Oldenburg

Oct 2017

07/10/2017 - 15/10/2017

Wettbewerb “Neue Stimmen”

Musikalische Assistentin und Pianistin

Sep 2017

11/09/2017 - 13/09/2017

Aufnahme Strauss Lieder

CD mit Maria Bengtsson, für Dabringhaus & Grimm
Konzertsaal Abtei Marienmünster

Jun 2016


Liederabend mit Piotr Beczala

Teatro alla Scala


Liederabend mit Piotr Beczala

Konzerthaus Dortmund


Liederabend mit Piotr Beczala

Landestheater Linz

Jun 2015


Recital Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele

Rufus Wainwright & Angelika Kirchschlager

Forum, Ludwigsburg

May 2015


Konzert mit Angelika Kirchschlager & Rufus Wainwright

Jazzfest Wien
Wiener Staatsoper

Oct 2010



mit Ballett Zürich/Mitglieder der Philharmonia Zürich



“Poesie und Ausdruck brachte dafür die so souverän wie sensibel agierende Pianistin Sarah Tysman ins Spiel.” (NZZ, 2015)

“…ein Hymnus auf das Leben als Fest und eine Verabredung für eine Nacht zu zweit, sind bei Maria Bengtsson und Sarah Tysman, eine mühelose Höhe, sind Leichtigkeit und Kraft zu bewundern, ein duftiger Halbschatten des Timbres, von Sarah Tysman am Klavier ganz rücksichtsvoll behandelt, dazu lange Bögen und großer Atem.” SWR 2, CD-Tipp

WDR3 Tonart
Musicweb International

Porträt Salzburger Nachrichten



Strauss: Lieder
Maria Bengtsson, Sopran
Sarah Tysman, Klavier


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