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Sandra Lied Haga

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“Divine cello playing, heavenly sound, a masterly performance”
Norwegian cellist Sandra Lied Haga stands on the threshold of a major career, having already won four international competitions and many major awards in Scandinavia – including the prestigious Equinor Classical Music Award in 2019. Her rich, beautiful sound and prodigious talent have caught attention worldwide.

Since her Wigmore Hall debut at the age of 12, Sandra’s passionate playing and the deep feelings she expresses has resonated with audiences and musicians all over the world, including musical centers like New York, Berlin, Prague, London, Zürich, Budapest, Warsaw and Tallinn. Major concert venues have been the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the Athenaeum Bucuresti, the Salzburger Festspielhaus and Reykjavik’s Harpa.
Sandra has worked with conductors such as Juanjo Mena, Thomas Søndergård, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Ari Rasilainen, Shao-Chia Lü, David Geringas and Terje Mikkelsen. With Terje Mikkelsen and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia «Evgeny Svetlanov» she recently recorded her debut album featuring Dvořák’s B minor Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations (original version) in legendary Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. The album was released on label Simax Classics/Naxos in May, and has been praised internationally.

Following her participation in the Verbier Festival Academy, Sandra was invited to give a recital at the Verbier Festival at the age of just 17. Invitations from other major international festivals followed, including the Salzburger Festspiele, Utrecht Festival, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Pärnu Music Festival, Bell'Arte Frankfurt and Weilburg Schloss Festspiele. In addition, Sandra regularly guests the major Festivals in Norway and Scandinavia.

As a committed chamber musician, Sandra has collaborated with a number of prominent artists such as Janine Jansen, Anne-Sophie Mutter, the scholars of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation and Mutter Virtuosi, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Lewis, Kathryn Stott, Lars Anders Tomter, Henning Kraggerud and Truls Mørk.

Born in Oslo in 1994, Sandra started playing the cello at the age of three, and was the youngest ever participant in the Barratt Due Institute of Music´s programme for talented children. Her teachers have included Oleg Kogan at the London Razumovsky Academy, Frans Helmerson at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, and Truls Mørk, Lars Anders Tomter and Torleif Thedeen at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Sandra’s many international awards include 1. Prizes in the following competitions: Tallinn, Young Musician, Heran International Cello Competition, Padova International Music Competition, International Chance Competition in Moscow, aswell as Grand Prix Laureates, special awards, and the Bärenreiter Prize, European Union Prize, EMCY Art for Music Prize and Young Lindeman Prize, in addition to 8 national 1. Prizes.
Sandra Lied Haga plays a cello by Joannes Florenus Guidantus (Bologna, 1730)

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