Sarah Grimes joined the second violin section of the Minnesota Orchestra in 2016 and won a position in the first violin section in May 2017. Raised in the Twin Cities, she began studying the violin at the age of four. She is a graduate of the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music and formerly a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. During the 2015-16 season, she performed full time as a Guest Musician with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
While at Northwestern, Grimes was concertmaster of the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, performer and cofounder in student-led ensembles, and a freelance musician in the greater Chicagoland area. She appeared as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2005 and 2010 and with the Minnesota Sinfonia in 2012. As a chamber musician, she performed recently for the Liquid Music Series, the SPCO Chamber Music Series, and at festivals including Kneisel Hall Chamber Music and Astona International.
Her principal teachers include Sarah Kwak and Almita and Roland Vamos.