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Guest Pianist Master Class: Sarah Cahill

Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 3:30pm
  • Sarah Cahill
    Sarah Cahill

Pianist Sarah Cahill leads a free master class with UW piano students.

Note: Sarah Cahill performs a solo recital on Wednesday, February 8, 7:30 p.m., in Brechemin Auditorium. Admission is free. Details here. 

Biography: Sarah Cahill

Sarah Cahill, hailed as “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by The New York Times, has commissioned and premiered over seventy compositions for solo piano. Composers who have dedicated works to Cahill include John Adams, Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros, Julia Wolfe, Roscoe Mitchell, Annea Lockwood, and Frederic Rzewski. 
Keyboard Magazine writes: “Through her inspired interpretation of works across the 20th and 21st centuries, Cahill has been instrumental in bringing to life the music of many of our greatest living composers.” She was named a 2018 Champion of New Music, awarded by the American Composers Forum (ACF). She enjoys working closely with composers, musicologists, and scholars to prepare scores for each performance. She researched and recorded music by prominent early 20th- century American modernists Henry Cowell and Ruth Crawford, and commissioned a number of new pieces in tribute to their enduring influence. 
Sarah's latest project is The Future is Female, an investigation and reframing of the piano literature featuring more than seventy compositions by women around the globe, from the Baroque to the present day. Recent and upcoming performances of The Future is Female include concerts presented by The Barbican, Carolina Performing Arts, Carlsbad Music Festival, Detroit Institute of Arts, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, University of Iowa, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, North Dakota Museum of Art, and the Newport Classical Festival.  She is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory, and is a regular pre-concert speaker with the San Francisco Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
For her concert at University of Washington, Sarah performs music from the last 25 years by Annea Lockwood, Dobromila Jaskot, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Vivian Fung, Arlene Sierra, and other composers.