INTRODUCTION

Norwegian cellist Sandra Lied Haga stands on the threshold of a major career, having won four international competitions, a number of European Prizes, and the prestigious Equinor Classical Music Award, previously given to Leif Ove Andsnes and Truls Mørk. Her rich, beautiful sound and prodigious talent have caught attention worldwide, and already made her a sought-after soloist, who captivates her listeners with what is described as a uniquely beautiful cello tone.

RECENT AND FUTURE HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights of the 2022/2023 season included Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with Maxim Vengerov in Istanbul, Eskisehir, and Royal Albert Hall, a new album release for Simax, and a three-week tour with Midori in Japan.

Among the highlights of season 2023/2024 is a Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations concert w. Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, and Antonín Dvořák’s Piano QuintetNo. 2 in A major Op. 81 at the Risør Chamber Music Festival.

BIOGRAPHY

Since her Wigmore Hall debut at the age of 12, Sandra’s passionate playing and the deep feelings she expresses have resonated with audiences and musicians all over the world, in prestigious concert venues such as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, St. Petersburg Philharmonia, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Athenaeum Bucuresti, Salzburger Festspielhaus, Tivoli Vredenburg, Verbier Festival and many more.

In 2019 she recorded her Debut Album featuring Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations (original version) in the legendary Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. The recording, released on Simax Classics/Naxos in May 2020, has received international praise from some of the leading Classical music publications and radio channels and received a prestigious nomination for the Norwegian Grammy Award Spellemannprisen. Two new recordings will be released during the upcoming seasons.

As a committed chamber musician, Sandra has collaborated with a number of prominent artists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Truls Mørk, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Janine Jansen, and Paul Lewis.

She has performed with many European orchestras, under conductors such as James Gaffigan, Thomas Søndergård, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Ari Rasilainen, Juanjo Mena, Shao-Chia Lü, David Geringas, and Terje Mikkelsen.

Following her participation in the Verbier Festival Academy, she 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 Utrecht Festival, Salzburger Festspiele, Moritzburg Festival, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Weilburg Schloss Festspiele, and Pärnu Music Festival. In addition, she is a regular guest at all the major festivals in Scandinavia.

Born in Oslo in 1994, Sandra started playing the cello at the age of three. A remarkably rare absolute pitch formed her intuitive musicianship from the very beginning, and she was the youngest ever participant in the Barratt Due Institute of Music´s programme for gifted children. From 2004-2009 she studied with Oleg Kogan at the Razumovsky Academy in London, followed by six years with Truls Mørk. In later years her teachers have been Frans Helmerson in Berlin, Torleif Thedeen and Lars Anders Tomter at the Norwegian Academy of Music, and Paul Watkins at Yale University.

Sandra Lied Haga plays a cello by Joannes Florenus Guidantus (Bologna, 1730), kindly provided by Dextra Musica.

AUDIO & VIDEO

Sandra Lied Haga – Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante, with James Gaffigan (January, 2022)

Sandra Lied Haga – Bach Cello Suites No 1, 2 and 5 (Easter 2021)

Sandra Lied Haga and Anna Fedorova – F. Chopin: Introduction & Polonaise Brillante Op. 3, Gendron/Rose Virtuoso version (extract, Tchaikovsky Competition 2019)

Sandra Lied Haga – Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations (Original Version), with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Juanjo Mena

Sandra Lied Haga – Schumann 5 Stücke, with Leif Ove Andsnes at Bergen International Festival (2020)

Sandra Lied Haga – Debut Album, Dvorak Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations (Original Version) (2020)

REVIEWS

Album Review: Sandra Lied Haga and Katya Apekisheva – César Franck: Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major;
Rita Strohl: Great Dramatic Sonata ‘Titus et Bérénice’, for Cello and Piano – June 2023

“Sandra Lied Haga – who has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading cellists in a remarkably short time – produces an absolutely convincing reading of the piece”

–  Martin Anderson, klassiskmusikk.com

Album Review: Sandra Lied Haga and Katya Apekisheva – César Franck: Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major;
Rita Strohl: Great Dramatic Sonata ‘Titus et Bérénice’, for Cello and Piano – May 2023

“Sandra Lied Haga und ihre Partnerin Katya Apekisheva am Klavier interpretieren das stattliche Werk mit viel Verve, aber auch angemessener Sensibilitàt, wobei die Cellistin mit ihrem warmen, noblen Ton fur sich einnimmt.”

“Eine echte Entdeckung”

–  Pedro Obiera, Aachener Zeitung

Album Review: Sandra Lied Haga and Katya Apekisheva – César Franck: Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major;
Rita Strohl: Great Dramatic Sonata ‘Titus et Bérénice’, for Cello and Piano – May 2023

“Sandra Lied Haga er usedvalig dyktig til å få frem strukteren i de forskjellige satsene. Hun spiller på en slags ryddig, men likevel intens og virtuos måte, noe som kler dette verket usedvanlig godt. Hun er også blitt en mester i å fargelegge musikkens forskjellige stemninger. Musikken puster gjennom hennes cello på en vakker måte.”

–  Trond Erikson, klassiskcd.blogspot.com

Royal Albert Hall, Brahms Double Concerto w. Maxim Vengerov – April 2023

“Sandra’s tone is exquisite, rich, and extremely beautiful. Her playing is intelligent and deep-felt. This young lady surely is the future of cello playing.”

–  Maxim Vengerov, 2023

Royal Albert Hall, Brahms Double Concerto w. Maxim Vengerov – April 2023

“Haga’s sound is mellow, yet she projects perfectly – she is also supremely musical and a perfect musical partner for Vengerov”

–  Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard International

‘Edelstein auf Bauschutt’ – May 2020

“The cellist deserves the highest praise.”

“Especially characteristic is her full and unusually rich cello sound. Flawless intonation, a clear and secure phrasing as well as a ravishing cantabile distinguish her playing, which is capable of the most enchanting pianissimos and an equally great virtuosity.”

“….her playing achieves a phenomenal eloquence.”

“(…) beautiful and intense sound (…) She plays with a sure feeling for the music, fascinating refinement, stylish, charming and in the slow parts movingly soulful.”

–  Remy Franck, Pizzicato

Classical reviews: “★★★★★” – 2020

“There is a new contender in the world of the cello: a 25-year-old Norwegian called Sandra Lied Haga. She started on the cello at three – dwarfed by her instrument – but swiftly rose to prominence, winning competition after competition, and charming everyone with her sound. She made her Wigmore Hall debut aged twelve; The two works on this new CD at Simax Classics allow her ample scope to deploy her warm and passionate sound”

– Michael Church, The Independent

Sandra Lied Haga (Cello): Tschaikowsky und Dvorak (CD) – May 2020

““With this she leaves many recordings by renowned artists and record labels in the shadow (…) And what you hear is simply overwhelming.”

“Lied Haga astonishes with her fresh interpretation which, combined with a natural instinct for the music and great virtuosity, results in a convincing, fascinatingly beautiful and touching performance.”

“With no sense of cliché or affectation, though with heartfelt integrity to the music, extroverted outbursts flow seamlessly to moments of exquisite, sensitive lyricism. The listener is left to marvel at the pure, beautiful tone of the young Norwegian.”

“(…) an impressive debut album (…)”

“(…) A wonderful discovery.”

– Christian Busch, Glarean

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