Berlin-based percussionist Sabrina Ma plays contemporary music as well as transcriptions of historical masterworks, performs as soloist with orchestras, gives recitals, teaches and collaborates with a select number of chamber ensembles.

Sabrina Ma was born in Plymouth, England in 1985 and grew up in Hong Kong. She studied and lived in Ann Arbor (Michigan, USA) and in Freiburg and Karlsruhe (Germany) before moving to Berlin in 2013.


She has studied with
  • Prof. Isao Nakamura at Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe (contemporary solo/chamber repertoire)
  • Prof. Bernhard Wulff at Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (contemporary solo/chamber repertoire)
  • Prof. Michael Udow at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (classical percussion, orchestral repertoire)
  • Prof. David Friedman in Berlin (jazz vibraphone/marimba)
  • Franz Bauer in Berlin (jazz vibraphone/marimba, classical percussion, drumset)
  • Sophia Woo at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (classical percussion)
She has worked with
  • composers such as Markus Bongartz, Dietrich Eichmann, Sarah Nemtsov, Moritz Eggert, Olga Neuwirth, Dieter Ammann, Martin Matalon, Johannes Maria Staud, Bertrand Dubedout, Rebecca Saunders, Pascal Dusapin, Markus Hechtle, Georges Aperghis
  • the film and theatre director Andreas Rochholl
  • conductors including David Robertson, Vladimir Jurowski, Pablo-Heras Casado, Franck Ollu, Pablo Rus, Gérard Buquet and Philippe Cambreling
performed internationally
  • as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician
  • in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia
  • at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, Lucerne Festival Academy, Warsaw Autumn, Klangspruen Schwaz, Bozen Transart Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Festival Vielsaitig, Kontrapunkte Speyer, Rheinsberger Pfingstwerkstatt für Neue Musik, Ankunft Neue Musik, Roaring Hooves Festival, Two Days and Two Nights of New Music Festival, Asian Youth Orchestra tour, among others
played and worked with
  • Ensemble Modern, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, ensemble recherché, ensemble unitedberlin, modern art ensemble, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Synergy Vocals, SWR Vokalensemble, Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie, bayerische kammerphilharmonie
and won
  • the German Music Competition and the ZONTA Music Award in Germany (2013)
  • the “De Annelie” Encouragement Prize at TROMP Percussion Competition in Holland (2012)
  • 1st Prize in the Solo Category of the 14th International Competition for Contemporary Music (2012)
  • 1st Prize at the Classical Marimba League Competition in the USA (2010)
  • 1st Prize at the International Performers’ Competition for Marimba in Czech Republic (2009)
  • the Pustjens Prize at the 5th World Marimba Competition in Germany (2008)
  • 3rd Prize at the “4ème Concours International de Vibraphone Claude Giot” in France (2008)
  • the Special Talent Award at the Universal Marimba Competition in Belgium (2007) and
  • the Commercial Radio Prize Instrumentalist Award in Hong Kong (1998).