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Sandra Lied-Haga cello with Katya Apekisheva piano

Friday 14 October 2022, 7.30pm at Razumovsky Academy 56 College Road NW10 5ET

£30 (£15 under 25s)

£40 (to incude post-concert drinks)

For further details and booking please contact [email protected]


Ćesar Franck  Sonata for cello and piano in A minor

Rita Strohl      Sonate Dramatique for Cello and Piano

Rita Strohl      Solitude 

Sibelius Romance

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

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 attention worldwide.

Since her Wigmore Hall debut performance at the age of 12, Sandra’s passionate playing and the deep feelings she expresses has resonated with audiences and musicians all over the world, including musical centers like New York, Berlin, Prague, London, Zürich, Budapest, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw, Tallinn and most countries in Europe. As a Soloist and chamber musician she has performed at concert venues including the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Wigmore Hall, the Athenaeum Bucuresti, Salzburger Festspielhaus, Reykjavik’s Harpa and many more.

Sandra has performed with many European orchestras, under conductors such as James Gaffigan, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Ari Rasilainen, Thomas Søndergård, Juanjo Mena, Shao-Chia Lü, David Geringas, Bjarte Engeset, Peter Szilvay, Ingar Bergby, Steve Threlfall and Terje Mikkelsen.

In 2019 she has together with State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia «Evgeny Svetlanov» and conductor Terje Mikkelsen recorded her Debut Album featuring Dvorak’s B minor Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations (original version) in legendary Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. The recording, released on Simax Classics/Naxos in May 2020, has received international praise by some of the leading Classical music publications and radio channels, and received a prestigious nomination for the Norwegian Grammy award Spellemannprisen.

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 major international festivals followed, including the Utrecht Festival, Salzburger Festspiele, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Baden-Baden, Pärnu Music Festival, Bell’Arte Frankfurt, Groba Festival and Weilburg Schloss Festspiele. In addition, Sandra is a regular guest at the major festivals in Norway and Scandinavia, including Bergen International Festival, Rosendal International Festival, Risør, Oslo, Stavanger, Fjord Classics, Valdres, Fejø, Collage and Vayla International Festivals.

As a committed chamber musician, Sandra has collaborated with a number of prominent artists such as Janine Jansen (in Wigmore Hall, her own Utrecht Festival and in Oslo), Anne-Sophie Mutter and Mutter’s Virtuosi, Leif Ove Andsnes on a regular basis since 2014, Yo-Yo Ma, Truls Mørk, Paul Lewis, Kathryn Stott, Lars Anders Tomter, Piers Lane, Gordon Back, Håvard Gimse, Christian Ihle Hadland and Henning Kraggerud.

Born in Oslo in 1994, Sandra started playing the cello at the age of three, and was the youngest ever participant in the Barratt Due Institute of Music´s programme for gifted children. Her teachers have included Oleg Kogan at the London’s Razumovsky Academy, Frans Helmerson at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, Truls Mørk, Lars Anders Tomter, Torleif Thedeen at the Norwegian Academy of Music, and Paul Watkins at Yale University.

Sandra’s many international awards include 1. Prizes in Tallinn Young Musician, Heran International Cello Competition, Padova International Music Competition and International Chance Competition in Moscow. She was also the recipient of Grand Prix Laureates, The Bärenreiter Prize, European Union Prize and EMCY Art for Music Prize. Norwegian awards include the prestigious Equinor Classical Music Award in 2019, The Young Lindeman Prize and 8 national 1. Prizes.

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


Born in Moscow, into a family of musicians, Katya Apekisheva attended the Gnessin Music School for exceptionally gifted children making her stage debut at the age of 12. She continued her studies in Jerusalem at the Rubin Music Academy and later at the Royal College of Music in London. From these auspicious beginnings she went on to be a Prizewinner of the Leeds International Piano competition and has gone on to enjoy a career performing with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, working with renowned conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, David Shallon, Jan Latham-Koenig and Alexander Lazarev.

As a recording artist, Katya has received widespread critical acclaim for her interpretations from Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award and International Piano Magazine’s Critics’ choice to Classic FM’s CD of the week as well as a Classical Brit award to name but a few. Katya’s discography includes solo and chamber works by Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Dvorak and Rachmaninov.

Recent and future highlights include performances in Russia, Norway, Japan, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Australia and at home in the UK at the Bath Mozart Fest, St. George’s Bristol and the prestigious Wigmore Hall – where she is a regular presence. Her intense artistry and delicacy makes Katya a most sought after collaborative pianist, working with artists such as Janine Jansen, Natalie Clein, Guy Johnston, Maxim Rysanov, Jack Liebeck, Boris Brovtsyn, Alexei Ogrinchouk and Nicholas Daniel and she appears regularly at major chamber music festivals around the world. Katya also has a highly successful and personally rewarding piano duo partnership with Charles Owen, performing regularly at festivals worldwide. Together they are co-Artistic Directors of the London Piano Festival which began in 2016.

For further details and booking please contact [email protected]