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Sandra Macher

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Biography

Sandra Macher, 1988, started her musical career as a four year-old at the Monastery Music School in Feldbach, her home town. After acquiring elementary music education and playing the recorder, she started playing the harp when she was eight.

Sandra Macher studied at the Maribor Conservatory of Music and Ballet/Slovenia (Dalibor Bernatović), the Conservatorio Jacopo Tomadini in Udine/Italy (Patrizia Tassini) and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz/Austria (Margit-Anna Süss), where she earned a Master of Arts degree in 2017 with highest distinction.

Furthermore, in 2018, the harpist studied at the renowned University of Melbourne/Australia (Jacinta Dennett) and won the audition for Richard Strauss` Don Juan. She performed the piece with the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with its conductor Prof. Richard Davis at the Melborne Recital Centre.

During her classical harp education and masterclasses in Austria and abroad, she was supervised by harpists and teachers from all over the world such as Margit-Anna Süß (Germany), Patrizia Tassini (Italy), Dalibor Bernatović (Slovenia), Han-An Liu (Taiwan), Şirin Pancaroǧlu (Turkey), Catrin Finch (England), Alice Giles and Jacinta Dennett (Australia).

Sandra Macher is a first-prize winner of both national (Prima la Musica) and international competitions (International Harp Competition Slovenia, International Music Competition Ljubljana) and was invited as a 20-year-old to perform at the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam, which was the start of her professional music career.

In December, 2018 she was given a special award from the city of Graz for excellent artistic achievement.

In October, 2020 Sandra Macher graduated with honors and earned her second Master of Arts degree.

Besides being a professional harpist, she has two degrees in education, primary school, and music pedagogy. Sandra Macher founded her own private harp school and teaches at the Institute of Music Education at the University for Music and Performing Arts Graz.

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