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Sarah BobBoston, MA
Hailed as “sumptuous and eloquent” by the Boston Globe, pianist Sarah Bob is an active soloist and chamber musician noted for her charismatic performances, colorful playing and diverse programming. A strong advocate for new music and considered a “trailblazer when it comes to championing the works of modern composers and combining art media in the process…” (Northeast Performer), she is the founding director of the New Gallery Concert Series, a series devoted to commissioning and uniting new music and contemporary visual art with their creators. The goal, her strong suit, is to introduce music in a loving, inclusive, and intoxicating way. Inspired by current events, she is also the creator of ”The Nasty Cooperative:” numerous dialogue driven artistic events created to build community, help raise funds for organizations in need, and encourage others to do the same. Sarah is an original member of many ensembles including her piano/percussion group, Primary Duo, the 20th and 21st century focused Firebird Ensemble, and Radius Ensemble, a chamber music collective that presents both the traditional and cutting edge.
Recognized as a risk taker and cited for an “ideal combination of all-stops-out abandon and sure-footed technical control” by 21st Century Music, she is top prizewinner of the International Gaudeamus Competition 2001 and grant recipient of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music. Sarah is most recently featured as one of “Boston’s Most Inspiring Stories” in the Boston Voyager and maintains other accolades including Outstanding Alumni Award from the New England Conservatory of Music, the St. Botolph Club Foundation’s Grant-in-Aid Award, an honor that recognizes the quality of her work and artistic merit, the first annual John Kleshinski Award in honor of her daring, exciting and high quality New Gallery Concert Series presentations, a successful three year fellowship at the prestigious St. Botolph Club, and funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding that brought her to Sofia, Bulgaria and Berlin, Germany to present and perform music by living American composers. She can be heard playing music on Tzadik, Albany Records, Cauchemar, NLM Records, BMOP/sound label, collaborations with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project on New World and Oxingale Records, Avie Records, one of which was recognized as one of best classical recordings of 2016 by The ARTery, Ludovico Ensemble Edition, Radius Ensemble, and most recently, another album on Avie Records, …nobody move… Commissions and Premieres for the New Gallery Concert Series, a compilation of solo piano pieces written for her and/or commissioned by NGCS.
Past roles include Director of Classical Music at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine, Artist in Residence with Rhode Island’s The Music Mansion, contributor to SONUS: A Journal of Investigation into Global Musical Possibilities, and, with the composer’s blessing, arranger of her solo piano rendition of Lee Hyla’s “My Life on the Plains” available through Carl Fischer Publishing coming out in the fall of 2019. For more information, please go to www.sarahbob.net.