Sarah Hagen performs Rachmaninoff's complete Preludes Opus 32. Rarely performed as a complete set, these thirteen pieces take the listener on an intensively beautiful musical journey.
They are fantastically dramatic, wildly virtuosic, and heart-wrenchingly profound. From a review after Sarah's performance of this set in Charlottetown (Later named by The Guardian (Charlottetown) as Best Classical Performance 2014): "...it was immediately apparent that this would be a piano concert beyond the norm." "...the level of passion that Hagen possesses - when it comes to experiencing, interpreting and expressing art - is something quite extraordinary." "Hagen is one of the most expressive piano players that I have ever seen perform..." - The Guardian (Charlottetown) March 2014 Awarded as the BC Touring Council's 2015 Touring Artist of the year, Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves throughout North America and Europe.
A visionary and an idealist, Sarah shares the stage with artists from around the world and is Artistic Director for Pro'ject Sound, a performance project involving live piano with large-scale projected images. Her debut solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards.
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. Her second album, Devoted: Music of Robert & Clara Shumann, features solo piano works and Clara Schumann's Romances, Opus 22 with violinist Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
In addition to writing wine reviews for her blog, "ARTIST WINES!" - Uncorking musician-priced cellar secrets," Sarah composes silly songs for the ukulele and is an enthusiastic tap dancer.
Sarah's motivation is the belief that music has the power to be a window into our souls regardless of age or knowledge.