Sarah Hicks has been Principal Conductor of the Live at Orchestra Hall series with the Minnesota Orchestra since 2009 where she has been instrumental in creating new Pops productions while also heading the innovative classical series Inside the Classics. Throughout her career, Ms. Hicks has collaborated with diverse artists, from Jamie Laredo and Hilary Hahn to Josh Groban, Smokey Robinson, and Sting.
Ms. Hicks was born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Honolulu, HI. Trained on both piano and viola, she received her BA magna cum laude from Harvard University in composition. She holds an Artists' Degree in conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Otto-Werner Mueller. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 2009.
In the US, Ms. Hicks has conducted the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, National Symphony, and the symphonies of Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Detroit, New Jersey, Indianapolis, Phoenix, and Saint Louis. Abroad, she has appeared with the Toronto Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, and Prime Philharmonic (Seoul, South Korea). She led the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Fourth of July concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in 2012, 2013, and 2015. In recent seasons she made debuts with the Brisbane Symphony, Lisbon Symphony, Calgary Symphony, and Dallas Symphony, in addition to return engagements in San Diego and Cincinnati.
Ms. Hicks's past affiliations include positions with the North Carolina Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and Florida Philharmonic. She was on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music from 2000 to 2005, and she continues her affiliation as Staff Conductor. A committed proponent of new music, Ms. Hicks conceived and completed the Microcommission Project, the first of its kind, with the Minnesota Orchestra in which a new work by composer Judd Greenstein was funded by hundreds of microdonations. Her recording project with the Vermont Symphony, Triple Doubles, featuring music by Richard Danielpour and David Ludwig with violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson, was released on the Bridge Label. She has also conducted performances with Composers in the Shape of a Pear (Cleveland) and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.
In her spare time, Ms. Hicks enjoys running, yoga, her papillon, cooking (and eating) with her husband, traveling, and sketching.