Sandra Lied Haga
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Sandra, born in 1994, began playing the cello aged 3 and made her debut at Wigmore Hall when she was 12 years old. She has a quickly developing career and has since performed in major concert halls all over Europe and beyond.
She has already won four international first prizes and many more at home in Scandinavia, and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras like the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Kaunas Philharmonic Orchestra, Amman Symphony Orchestra and the Pärnu City Orchestra.
As a keen chamber musician, she has been invited to perform in many prestigious music festivals, among them Utrecht Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival, Alzburg Festspiele, Sommets Musicaux in Gstaad, Weilburg Schloss Festspiele, Schloss Solitude Stuttgart, Bell’Arte Frankfurt, Groba Festival Spain and the Bergen, Risør, Fjord Classics, Oslo and Valdres festivals in Norway and the Fejø festival in Denmark.
She has perfomed on stage with internationally renowned musicians like Janine Jansen, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yo-Yo Ma, Leif Ove Andsnes, Truls Mørk, Paul Lewis, Amihai Grosz, Jens Peter Maintz, Gordon Back, Piers Lane, Kathryn Stott, Lars Anders Tomter, Henning Kraggerud, Christian Ihle Hadland and Torleif Thedeen.
She has also appeared at the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia and at the Verbier Festival Academy, following which she was invited to give her own concert at the Verbier Festival aged just 17.
Among Sandra’s international accolades are First Prize and the Virtuoso Prize at the Tallinn Young Musician Competition; First Prize and Grand Laureate Prize at the Heran International Cello Competition in the Czech Republic; First Prize at the Padova International Music Competition and First Prize and Laureate at the International Chance Competition in Moscow. She has also been awarded the Bärenreiter Prize and two EMCY Prizes.
2020 will see the release her first CD with the Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor and Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Original Version on the Simax Classics label.
Sandra joined the Crescendo Programme in 2019 and currently studies with Torleif Thedéen at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
She plays a Joannes Florenus Guidantus cello from Bologna 1730, kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.