Thomas Sauer

Adjunct Artist in Music

In addition to his work at Vassar, pianist Thomas Sauer performs publicly worldwide.  Recent appearances include performances at Carnegie Hall, the Chamber Music Societies of Lincoln Center and Philadelphia, Wigmore Hall (London), the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Bargemusic (New York City), the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), Da Camera (Houston), and Princeton University, among many other venues.  Festival appearances include Marlboro, Caramoor, Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, and Taos, as well as Lake District Summer Music (England), Agassiz (Canada), Festival des Consonances (France), and Esbjerg International Chamber Music Festival (Denmark). 

Mr. Sauer’s varied discography includes recordings of Beethoven and Haydn piano sonatas for MSR Classics; with Colin Carr, the complete cello and piano works of Mendelssohn on Cello Classics and complete Beethoven on MSR Classics; a disc of Hindemith sonatas with violist Misha Amory (Musical Heritage Society); music of Britten and Schnittke with cellist Wilhelmina Smith on Arabesque; music of Ross Lee Finney with violinist Miranda Cuckson on Centaur Records; and music of James Matheson for Yarlung Records.

BA, The Curtis Institute of Music; MM, Mannes College of Music; DMA, CUNY
At Vassar since 1998


Skinner Hall
Box 409

Research and Academic Interests

European/American/Asian Concert Music; Pianistic Touch and Movement

Departments and Programs


MUSI 60 Piano
MUSI 160 Piano
MUSI 260 Piano
MUSI 360 Piano
MUSI 380 4th Year Instruction

Selected Publications

  • James Matheson, “Times Alone,” song cycle with soprano Laura Strickling, Yarlung Records, 2016.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Complete Works for Cello and Piano, with cellist Colin Carr, MSR Classics, 2013.
  • Felix Mendelssohn, Complete Works for Cello and Piano, with cellist Colin Carr, Cello Classics, 2011.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonatas, Op. 31, MSR Classics, 2010.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Violin Sonatas, K. 301, 304, 376 and 454, with violinist Aaron Berofsky, Blue Griffin Recordings, 2007.
  • Benjamin Britten and Alfred Schnittke, Sonatas for Cello and Piano, with cellist Wilhelmina Smith, Arabesque Records, 2006.
  • Ross Lee Finney, Works for Violin and Piano, with violinist Miranda Cuckson, Centaur Records, 2005.
  • Joseph Haydn, Piano Sonatas 40-42, 48-49, Musicians Showcase Recordings, 2002.
  • Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Sampler of Live Performances Volume 3, with tenor Vinson Cole, 1999.

In the Media

A faculty recital by cellist Sophie Shao and pianist Thomas Sauer was the subject of a Millbrook Independent music review.


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