Sandra Lied Haga

Festivalutøver
Cello
Sandra Lied Haga (1)

Sandra Lied Haga's 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. Sandra stands on the threshold of a major career, having already won 4 International First Prizes and many more at home in Scandinavia. In November 2019 she was awarded the prestigious Equinor Classical Music Award of 100.000 Euro.

Sandra made her debut at Wigmore Hall aged just 12, and has since performed with numerous orchestras, and in major concert halls all over Europe and beyond. She has given concerts in the UK, Germany, Austria, Russia, Norway, Italy, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Romania, France, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Hungary, Spain, Iceland, Greece, Jordan, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and the United States.

She has collaborated, among many others, with conductors such as Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Ari Rasilainen, Terje Mikkelsen, Thomas Søndergård, Shao-Chia Lü, David Geringas, Peter Szilvay, Bjarte Engeset, Stephen Threlfall, Maffeo Scarpis and Trond Husebø.

Sandra has been invited to perform in many prestigious festivals, among them Salzburg Festspiele, Sommets Musicaux in Gstaad, Weilburg Schloss Festspiele, Schloss Solitude Stuttgart, International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, 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 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, The European Union Prize and EMCY Art for Music Prize.

In 2019 Sandra was awarded the prestigious Equinor Classical Music Award of 100.000 Euro. She has won 8 First Prizes in National Competitions in Norway, and was in 2017 awarded the Young Lindeman Prize by Alf Richard Kraggerud and the Lindeman Foundation.

Sandra, born 1994, began playing the cello aged 3. She became the youngest ever student on the programme for gifted children at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo. She was thereafter the first student ever to be invited to the prestigious Razumovsky Academy in London, under the guidance of Oleg Kogan. She later studied with Truls Mørk for 6 years, and was subsequently invited to participate in a 1-year Artist Diploma programme at Daniel Barenboim's Academy in Berlin, where she studied with Frans Helmerson. After further studies with Lars Anders Tomter, she is now finishing her Master of Music with Torleif Thedeen at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Sandra has played chamber music with renowned musicians at the highest level, including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Janine Jansen, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma , Paul Lewis, Truls Mørk, Kathryn Stott, Gordon Back, Lars Anders Tomter, Piers Lane, Christian Ihle Hadland and Henning Kraggerud. She has appeared frequently on television and radio, and was the subject of a television portrait with her erstwhile teacher Truls Mørk.

In 2012 she was chosen as an ambassador for Playing for a Future.

Sandra regularly plays Chamber Music Concerts with Anne-Sophie Mutter and the scholars in Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation and Mutter's Virtuosi.

From 2019 she is part of the Crescendo Mentor Programme, with Leif Ove Andsnes and Janine Jansen as main mentors.

She will in 2020 release her Debut-CD of Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor and Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Original Version, Label Simax Classics.

Sandra plays a Joannes Florenus Guidantus cello from Bologna 1730, kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.