Sarah Nemtsov was born in Oldenburg in 1980 and studied composition in Hannover and Berlin with Nigel Osborne, Johannes Schöllhorn and Walter Zimmermann. She has received numerous prizes and scholarships, including the Busoni Composition Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts, the German Music Authors' Prize of the GEMA, the international RicordiLAB Composition Competition and the Oldenburg Composition Prize.
She works with renowned ensembles and orchestras (HR Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester, ensemble modern, ensemble mosaik, Ensemble Adapter, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, ensemble recherche, Ictus, Klangforum Wien etc.) and her works are performed at internationally renowned festivals - such as the Donaueschinger Musiktage, Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music, Wien modern, ECLAT, Ultraschall, Holland Festival, Musica, Bregenz Festival, Munich Biennale and many more.
Nemtsov's music captivates through sensitively sounded out setups, through complex and energetic textures. In recent years, her interest has been especially in musical layering and constructive chaos as an expression of our reality, as well as in the interactions between acoustic instruments and electronics. Her catalog of works includes over 100 compositions in almost all genres.
Several of her works are published by Ricordi.
Her latest opera SACRIFICE had its premiere in March 2017 at the Halle Opera House and received great response - Sound becomes space becomes time becomes reality wrote DIE ZEIT.
In the summer semester 2018 Sarah Nemtsov taught composition at the Haifa University with a DAAD short-term lectureship.