Sarah Wedl-Wilson

Deputy-Chancellor for External Relations @ Mozarteum University Salzburg

Sarah Wedl-Wilson was born in London in 1969 into a family of musicians. She attended Britain’s oldest school for girls at the beautiful country house Canons in North London where Georg Frederic Handel once composed “Acis and Galatea” for his patron, the Duke of Chandos. She started learning the violin and piano at the age of five and studied with Marta Eitler, Diana Cummings and Susanne Rabenschlag. She won several national string quartet prizes whilst still at school as well as leading local youth orchestras. She attended Cambridge University from 1987-1991 to read Modern Languages (French and German) and spent a year abroad teaching at a school in Siegen, Nordrheinwestfalen.

After leaving university she chose to go into Arts Management. Over the twenty years of her career to date her positions in this field have taken her from the orchestral touring department of IMG London to the administrative offices of the Camerata Salzburg and the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, as Artistic Director to the Bavarian Schloss Elmau and subsequently to the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music as Managing Director where she worked for a decade alongside René Jacobs. In 2010 she founded her own company, Wilson Arts Projects, which provides Arts and Festival Consulting in London, Austria and Italy. In 2012 she became Managing Director of the Camerata Salzburg for a year, until a serious skiing accident forced her to step down.

Sarah Wedl-Wilson was a member of the University Board of the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna from 2003-2007 and has been a guest lecturer on the Sports, Culture and Event Management degree programme at the University of Applied Sciences in Kufstein, Austria since 2000.

Wedl-Wilson was awarded the Golden Eagle Honour by the Tyrolean Government and lives in Innsbruck and Salzburg. Besides her activities as an arts manager she also serves on a number of boards in the business community.

In October 2014 Sarah Wedl-Wilson was appointed Deputy-Chancellor for External Relations at the Mozarteum University Salzburg.