Piano Lessons with Sarah Hasegawa
A passionate and sensitive musician, Sarah has been praised for her richly colorful tone and poetically refined pianism in both solo and collaborative settings.
Sarah has performed as a featured artist in Canada, US, Europe and Asia in world renown venues such as La Maison Symphonique in Montreal, Haydn Hall in Bolzano, Italy, the Glenn Gould Studio and as part of an ensemble at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden.
Sarah is the 2nd place winner of the International Bösendorfer Klavierkurs Piano Competition and was a finalist in the Clara Lichtenstein Piano Competition and Concordia Concerto Competition.
Though Sarah enjoys solo piano works, she is a collaborative artist at heart and particularly enjoys piano duo and vocal/piano partnerships.
Through her love of vocal music of all genres, Sarah has accompanied a wide range of styles from pop, rock, musicals, choral works to lieders and operas. Sarah has performed with many renowned opera singers including Olivier Laquerre, Colin Ainsworth and Joseph Kaiser.
Sarah began her musical studies at the age of 7 at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto under the tutelage of Victoria Gimelstein.
After graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Music with the Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) diploma in both Pedagogy and Piano Performance with First Class Honors, Sarah went on to study at McGill University, where she studied with Marina Mdivani and graduated with a B. Mus with High Distinction in Piano Performance.
While at McGill, Sarah also studied vocal accompaniment with Michael McMahon and Jan Simons.
Sarah then received her Advanced Student’s Performance Diploma (Artist Diploma) from Concordia University studying with her mentor Gregory Chaverdian.
After several years of accompanying singers and choirs at FACE (Formation Artistique au Couer de l’education), and teaching in her private studio, Sarah moved to London to study at the Royal College of Music with John Byrne where she received her Master of Music.
Aside from education in formal institutions, Sarah has enjoyed the privilege of being invited to play for numerous masterclasses led by internationally acclaimed pedagogues and performers such as Grigori Sokolov, Yevgeny Mogilevsky, Mischa Maisky and Vladimir Krainev. From these masters, Sarah learned not only musicianship, but effective and constructive teaching methods as well.
Teaching holds a special place in Sarah’s heart ever since she started working with young aspiring musicians while still a student herself in Montreal. She finds great joy in sharing her love of music to students of all levels and ages, especially to those who share the same passion and love for music as she does.
Sarah believes there is a unique understanding of music which is obtained through the art of teaching and is eager to learn from her students as much as she is in teaching them.
During her years of teaching in Montreal and Toronto, Sarah is proud to say that every one of her students who took exams under the Royal Conservatory of Music system received Honors or First Class Honors.
Aside from the piano, Sarah is an enthusiastic choral singer and has sung in choirs for 8 years under the baton of Iwan Edwards and Charles Dutois.
Sarah currently has a private studio where she teaches piano to students 5 years and up.
She is also accompanying singers in the Manhattan/Brooklyn area.