Sara Mohr-Pietsch (born 1980) is a British music broadcaster who works principally for BBC Radio 3.
Early life and education
Mohr-Pietsch was born in London to a mother of Polish and a father of German descent. She sang in her school's choral society and took the role of Aeneas in a school production of Dido and Aeneas. After school, she studied music at Newnham College, Cambridge from 1998–2001, where she was the first ever Newnham Choral Scholar in Selwyn College's Chapel Choir. After gaining a first class degree, she studied for an MA at the University of Edinburgh, subsequently becoming a tutor, a post she retained until 2006.
While based in Edinburgh, Mohr-Pietsch embarked on a career in arts administration and began to broadcast on Radio 3, winning a BBC talent contest in 2004.
After moving back to London her involvement with the network became more extensive. She became a regular presenter of the network’s Breakfast programme in 2007. Her fortnightly stretches alternated with those of Petroc Trelawny; previously Rob Cowan was the other regular presenter. In addition, she presents (with others) the contemporary music programme Hear and Now. Mohr-Pietsch began to present The Proms in 2008 on Radio 3, and on television for the BBC. At the beginning of December 2013, Clemency Burton-Hill replaced her on Breakfast.
Mohr-Pietsch regularly presents Radio 3's "The Choir", and the Discovering Music series, particularly in programmes on Bach, whom she greatly admires and has studied extensively; early music is another interest. She is also a singer and pianist and plays the viola da gamba – "incredibly badly" in her own words.
In November 2018, the Dartington Hall Trust announced that Mohr-Pietsch had been appointed as the artistic director of the Dartington International Summer School and Festival. She will curate her first festival in 2020, in succession to Joanna MacGregor.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph in 2007, Michael Henderson found it "inconceivable that Sarah Mohr-Pietsch, with her dropped aitches and glottal stops, would have been let loose on [Radio 3] even 10 years ago." In 2016, the Radio Times described her as having "one of Radio 3’s most reassuring voices. Such clarity, such warmth."