Sandra Lied Haga

Sandra Lied Haga

"Divine cello playing, heavenly sound, a masterly performance"

Biography

“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 the attention of the biggest names in classical music, among them Daniel Barenboim and Anne-Sophie Mutter.

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. Performances have taken her to, amongst others, musical centres in New York, Berlin, Prague, London, Zürich, Budapest, Warsaw and Tallinn, as well as major concert venues such as 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 Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Ari Rasilainen, Thomas Søndergård, Shao-Chia Lü, David Geringas and Terje Mikkelsen. With Terje Mikkelsen and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia «Evgeny Svetlanov» she has recently recorded her debut album featuring Dvořák’s B minor Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations (original version). This album will be released in May 2020 on the Simax Classics label.

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 international festivals followed, including the Salzburger Festspiele, Utrecht Festival, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Pärnu Music Festival and Bergen International Festival. She is due to give three further concerts at the 2020 Bergen Festival. Other plans include performing the music of her forthcoming album with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (as soloist in the Rococo Variations) and several chamber music concerts with Leif Ove Andsnes.

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

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

Sandra’s many international awards include first prizes, special awards and grand laureates in the following competitions: Tallinn, Young Musician, Heran International Cello, International Music (Padova), International Chance (Moscow), Bärenreiter, European Union, EMCY Art for Music and the Young Lindeman prize.

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

Reviews

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.”

‘Pizzicato’, Remy Franck, 8th May 2020
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“Impressively mature (...) Haga produces a wonderfully rich tone. I love the way she lingers over the solo part as well - obviously already a cellist who knows her musical mind.”

BBC Radio 3 Record Review, Andrew McGregor 30th May 2020
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“The young Norwegian cello virtuoso Sandra Lied Haga presents with these two Romantic milestones an incredible album debut on the Simax/Naxos CD label.”

“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.”

‘Glarean’- Christian Busch, 1st May 2020
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“★★★★★”

“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”

The Independent, 18th June 2020
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“Sandra Lied Haga emerges as one of the strongest musical voices in recent years.”
Simax Classics

 

“Every tone in the music is meant from Dvorak’s blood, liver and heart, which is exactly how it sounds in Lied Haga’s performance”
Magnus Andersson - Klassekampen

 

“She has had a sensational technical control from an early age, a rich, singing cello tone, and has over the years developed her own personal voice.”
Leif Ove Andsnes and fellow Jury of the Equinor Classical Music Award

 

“Divine cello playing, heavenly sound, a masterly performance.”
Grieg Festival

 

Concerts/Previous Highlights

25 June

Valdres International Festival

Opening Concert
18:30 and 21:00
With Gunnar Flagstad
Schumann: Adagio & Allegro

27 June

Valdres International Festival

20:00 and 22:00
With Ann-Helen Moen, soprano, Guro Kleven Hagen, violin, Victoria Lewis, violin, Juliet Jopling, viola Björn Nyman, clarinet, Gunnar Flagstad
J. Tavener: Akhmatova songs
Schumann: Abendlied, arr. Busoni
Mjaskovskij: : Cello Sonata No 1

28 June

Valdres International Festival

Closing Concert
18:00 and 20:30
With Per Arne Glorvigen, bandoneon, Guro Kleven Hagen, violin
Rasmus Hella Mikkelsen, violin, Katinka Nilssen, violin, Njord Kårason Fossnes, viola, Steinar Haugerud, double bass
Piazzolla: The four seasons of Buenos Aires

30 June

Fjord Classics Festival

Sandefjord
Opening Concert
With Henning Kraggerud, violin, Camilla Kjøll, violin, Lars Anders Tomter, viola
Grieg: String Quartet in g minor

01 July

Fjord Classics Festival

Sandefjord
With Håvard Gimse, piano, Guro Kleven Hagen, violin, Camilla Kjøll, violin, Lars Anders Tomter, viola
Brahms: Piano Quintet in f minor

02 July

Fjord Classics Festival

Sandefjord
With Henning Kraggerud, Marina Kan Selvik, Guro Kleven Hagen, Lars Anders Tomter
H. Kraggerud: Variation suite for violin and cello
Brahms: Cello Sonata No 2 in F Major
Mozart: Divertimento in E flat Major

03 July

Fjord Classics Festival

Sandefjord
With Henning Kraggerud, violin, Camilla Kjøll, violin, Lars Anders Tomter, viola, Marina Kan Selvik, piano
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat Major

05 July

Ramme, Norway

Bach: Cello Suite No 1
Bach: Cello Suite No 5

11 July

Berlin, Germany

Postponed due to Covid-19
Kreuzkirche Königs Wusterhausen
Musicsommer Festival in Königs Wusterhausen
With Albrecht Menzel, violin, Agata Szymczewska, violin, Alexander Zemtsov, viola
Paganini: String Quartet in D minor no 1
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major no 16 Op 135
Dvorak: String Quartet in F Major no 12 Op 96

13 July

Bayerischer Rundfunk radio streaming Debut-CD

Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations

15 August

Oslo Chamber Music Festival

With Leif Ove Andsnes
Beethoven: Piano Trio in C minor Opus 1 No 3

16 August

Hole, Norway

Postponed due to Covid-19
Bønsnes Summer Festival
J.S. Bach: Solo Suite no 1 in G Major

12 September

Sentralen, Oslo

Dvorak: Piano Trio no. 4 in E minor «Dumky»
Piazzolla: Four seasons arranged for Piano Trio

26 September

Aulaen, Oslo

With Eldbjørg Hemsing (violin) and Sveinung Bjelland (piano)
Brahms Piano Trio no. 1 in B Major
Shostakovich Piano Trio no. 2 in E Minor

27 September

Ramme Aulaen, Norway

With Eldbjørg Hemsing (violin) and Sveinung Bjelland (piano)
Brahms Piano Trio no. 1 in B Major
Shostakovich Piano Trio no. 2 in E Minor

15 November

Lerum, Sweden

Recital with Gunnar Flagstad, piano
Schumann: Fantasy Pieces
Beethoven: Kreutzer Sonata, arranged for Cello and Piano
Mendelssohn: Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in D Major

04 December

Horten, Norway

With Catharina Chen, violin, Jie Zhang, piano
Beethoven Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 no 1 «Ghost»
Schubert: Piano Trio no. 1 i B-flat Major

Audio/Video

Promovideo Sandra Lied Haga

Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Brahms

Bach Suite no 1 and 5

Morgendagens helter, Sandra Lied Haga

Equinor Classical Music Award NRK Nov 2019

Schumann Adagio and Allegro

Beethoven 7 Variations

Franck Sonata in A Major

Vocalise, with Leif Ove Andsnes

Repertoire

Solo

J. S. Bach: Suite no. 1 in G Major BWV 1007
J. S. Bach: Suite no. 3 in C Major BWV 1009
J. S. Bach: Suite no. 4 in E flat Major BWV 1010
J. S. Bach: Suite no. 5 in C Minor BWV 1011
J. S. Bach: Suite no. 6 in D Major BWV 1012
Z. Kodaly: Sonata for solo Cello Opus 8
G. Ligeti: Sonata for solo Cello
K. Penderecki: Suite per Violoncello solo
Ø. Sommerfeldt: Mini-suite Opus 43

With Piano

L.v. Beethoven: 7 Variations on Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen WoO 46
L.v. Beethoven: Sonata No 5 D Major
J. Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano No 1 in E Minor
J. Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano No 2 in F Major
G. Cassado: Requiebros
F. Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise Brillante, Opus 3 (Leonard Rose/Gendron version)
F. Chopin: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Opus 65
C. Davidoff: At the fountain
A. Dvorak: Rondo in G major Opus 94
A. Dvorak: Waldesruhe Opus 68 no 5
G. Enescu: Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2
D. Falla: Suite Populaire Espagnole – el Pano Moruno
G. Faure: Sonata for Violin (Cello) and Piano No 1 in A Major Opus 13
G. Faurè: Après un Reve Opus 7, no 1
G. Faure: Elegie Opus 24
G. Faurè: Papillion Opus 77
C. Franck; Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major
E. Grieg: Sonata for Cello and Piano in A minor Opus 36
A. Kraft: Divertemento
B. Martinu: Moses Variations
F. Mendelssohn: Sonata for Cello and Piano No 2 in D Major Opus 58
F. Mendelssohn: Lied Ohne Worte in D major Opus 109
N. Miaskovsky: Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1
J. Offenbach: Musette Opus 24
J. Offenbach: Les Larmes des Jacqueline
A. Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango
D. Popper: Elfentanz Opus 39
D. Popper: Hungarian Rapsody Opus 68
D. Popper: Polonaise de Concert Opus 14
S. Prokofiev: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major Opus 119
S. Rachmaninoff: Vocalise Opus 34
S. Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor
B. Romberg: Sonata for Cello and Piano in E minor Opus 38
C. Saint-Saens: Allegro Appassionata Opus 43
C. Saint-Saens: The swan
G. B. Sammartini: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G major
F. Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata for Cello and Piano
R. Schumann: Adagio and Allegro Opus 70
R. Schumann: Fantasy Pieces Opus 73
R. Schumann: Fünf Stücke im Volkston Opus 102
D. Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor Opus 40
C. G. Sparre Olsen: Norsk kjærleikssong -Norwegian love song Opus 36
W. H. Squire: Humoresque for cello and piano Opus 26
P. Tchaikovsky: Pezzo Capriccioso Opus 62
A. Vandini: Sonata for Cello and Piano in F major

With Orchestra

L. v. Beethoven: Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano Opus 56
E. Bloch: Three pieces (from Jewish life)
L. Boccherini: Cello Concerto No. 7 in G major G. 480
F. Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise Brillante (arranged for Cello and orchestra)
I. Davidoff: Cello Concerto no. 1
A. Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor Opus 104
E. Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor Opus 65
G. Goltermann: Cello Concerto no 4 Opus 65
J. Haydn: Cello Concerto in C major
J. Haydn: Cello Concerto in D major (Opus 101)
E. Lalo: Cello Concerto in D minor
D. Popper: Requiem for 3 cellos Opus 66
S. Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante
C. Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto in A minor Opus 33
D. Shostakovich: Cello Concerto no. 1 in E flat major Opus 107
R. Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor Opus 129
P. Tchaikovsky: Rococco variations Opus 33
A. Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in A minor
A. Vivaldi: Double Cello Concerto in G major, RV 531

Chamber music

Duo:
L.v. Beethoven: Duo in E-flat Major for Cello and Viola
M. Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello Opus 7
Handel Halvorsen: Passacaglia for Violin and Cello

Trio:
A. Borodin: String trio in G minor
L.V. Beethoven: Piano trio in C minor Opus 1 No 3
L.V. Beethoven: Piano trio in B-flat major Opus 97
L.v. Beethoven: String trio in C minor Opus 9 No 3
E. Bloch: 3 Nocturnes for violin, cello and piano
J. Brahms: Clarinet trio in A minor Opus 114
J. Brahms: Piano trio no.1 in B Major Opus 8
E. Dohnany: Serenade for string trio Opus 10
A. Dvorak: Piano Trio “Dumky” Opus 90 B.166
E. Grieg: Piano trio in C minor "Andante Con Moto"
F. Mendelssohn: Piano trio No 1 in D minor Opus 49
F. Mendelssohn: Piano trio No 2 in C Minor Opus 66
W. A. Mozart: Piano trio in B flat major K.502
W. A. Mozart: Piano trio in E Major K.542
W. A. Mozart: Divertimento in E flat K563
A. Piazzolla: The four seasons arranged for Piano trio
S. Rachmaninoff: Piano trio no 1 in G minor "Trio Elegiaque"
M. Ravel: Piano trio in A minor
F. Schubert: String trio in B-flat major D471
F. Schubert: Piano Trio no 1 in B flat Major Opus 99
F. Schubert: Piano Trio in E Flat Major Opus 100 D929
C. Schumann: Piano Trio in G Minor Opus 17
D. Shostakovich: Piano Trio no. 1 in C major Opus 8
D. Shostakovich: Piano Trio no. 2 in E Minor Opus 67

Quartet:
A. Arensky: Cello Quartet No. 2 Opus 35
L.v. Beethoven: String Quartet in C minor Opus 18
L.v. Beethoven: String Quartet no. 16 Opus 135
J. Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor Opus 25
J. Brahms: Piano Quartet in A Major Opus 26
J. Brahms: Piano Quartet in C minor Opus 60
A. Dvorak: String Quartet in F Major “American Quartet”
G. Faure: Piano Quartet no 1
E. Grieg: String Quartet in G minor Opus 27
L. Janacek: String quartet No. 1
G. Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minor
W.A. Mozart: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major K.493
W.A. Mozart: Piano Quartet in G Minor K.478
G. Puccini: String Quartet “Crisantemi”
F. Schubert: Quartetsatz in C minor
R. Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat major Opus 47
R. Strauss: Piano quartet in C Minor

Quintet:
L. Boccherini: String Quintet
L. Boccherini: Guitar Quintet no. 4 G.448
J. Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor Opus 34
A. Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A major Opus 81
C. Franck: Piano quintet in F minor Opus 4
M. Gaathaug: Piano Quintet
W.A Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major K. 581
F. Schubert: Quintet in A Major “Die Forelle” Opus. 114
F. Schubert: String Quintet in C major Opus 163
R. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major Opus 44

Sextet:
J. Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major Opus 18
J. Brahms: String Sextet No. 2 in G Major Opus 36
A. Schöenberg: String Sextet "Verklärte Nacht" Opus 4
P. Tchaikovsky: String Sextet in D minor "Souvenir De Florence" Opus 70

Septet:
L.v.Beethoven: Septet in E-flat Major
C. Saint-Saens: Septet in E-flat Major

Octet:
F. Mendelssohn: String Octet in E-flat Major Opus 20
D. Shostakovich: Two pieces for string Octet Opus 11
J. Svendsen: String Octet in A Major Opus 3

Nonet:
A. Previn: Nonet for two string quartets and double bass
L. Spohr: Nonet in F Major for strings and winds Opus 31

Contact

Phone: +47 926 81 270
E-mail: landacello@msn.com

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Amphitryon Media
Email: jroeller@amphitryon-media.de 
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Sarah Aker
Aker Artists Management
Email: sarah@akerartistsmanagement.com
Phone: +47 922 61 724

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