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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.

  • BM, Curtis Institute of Music; MM, Mannes College of Music
  • At Vassar since 1998

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Research and Academic Interests

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

Departments and Programs

Courses

  • Music 060, 160, 260, 360, 380 Piano Performance

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.

Pianist Thomas Sauer is highly sought after as soloist and chamber musician in a wide range of repertoire. Recent appearances include concertos with the Quad-City and Tallahassee Symphonies; solo performances at Carnegie Hall and St. John’s College, Oxford; and performances with the Chamber Music Societies of Lincoln Center and Philadelphia. With his long-time duo partner Colin Carr, Mr. Sauer has appeared at the 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. He has performed with members of the Juilliard String Quartet at the Library of Congress and given numerous concerts with the Brentano String Quartet.

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.
Mr. Sauer has performed at many of the leading festivals in the United States and abroad, including 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). A faculty member of Vassar and Mannes Colleges, Mr. Sauer was the founder and director of the Mannes Beethoven Institute, a highly regarded summer program that ran for fifteen seasons, and currently serves as Artistic Co-director of Chamber Music Quad Cities.

 



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