Event: Sarah Hagen: Birds in the Hands and Other Flights of Fancy
Sat, Nov 12, 2016
A classical pianist that draws her inspiration from the world around her, Sarah Hagen isn’t what one would expect from a musician from a ‘safer’ genre. Incredibly innovative and willing to challenge the norm, she often incorporates other art mediums into her performances. Photography, dance, and spoken word are all elements she has notably employed to accompany her skillful piano playing, making for a well rounded and creative spectacle.
“…the level of passion that Hagen possesses — when it comes to experiencing, interpreting and expressing art — is something quite extraordinary.” spoke Charlottetown’s The Gaurdian , amidst a great deal of other praise. “…it was immediately apparent that this would be a piano concert beyond the norm.“
Naturally, as a master of multimedia, Sarah is willing to take risks and try new things with a variety of different musicians. An avid collaborator, Sarah has performed with cellist Phillip Hansen, violinist Robert Uchida, tenor Benjamin Butterfield, Trio Accord, Ballet Victoria and the Emily Carr String Quartet among many others, and has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony under the baton of Mei-Ann Chen, the Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony conducted by Mark Skazinetsky, the West Coast Symphony Orchestra with conductor Bujar Llapaj, and the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific with conductor Arthur Arnold.
As a First Prize Winner in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Sarah was awarded the opportunity to perform solo at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in May 2013. Her debut solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards.