From Bach to Liszt, from Fauré to Yiddish
and Contemporary music, Sandrine
Erdely-Sayo is an eclectic pianist who
handles a range of styles and emotions
with the greatest of ease.
After her Carnegie Hall debut in March
2014, Sandrine Erdely-Sayo decided to
write the Hymn to Sedona.
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo is a first prize
graduate from the Paris Superior
Conservatory, Prize Winner at the Ibla
International Competition in Italy and First
Prize Winner at the "Concours de la
scène Française" in Paris.
She was the youngest recipient of the
French Minister of Culture Prize at the age
At 14, she wrote three pieces for chamber
orchestra which were played at the
Chatelet Theater, in Paris.
"electrifying" (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Since then, Sandrine Erdely-Sayo has been performing as a soloist, in chamber music and with orchestras, in Italy,
France, Spain, Argentina and in the United States. She has played in many festivals including the Bach Festival,
Festival International des Arts, Prades Festival, the Louvre concerts, the Jewish Film Festival, Preston Bradley Hall
in Chicago, and for radio and television in various countries.
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo began studying piano at the age of 4 with Pablo Casals's Goddaughter, Michèle Puig, at the
Perpignan Conservatory, in France. At 10, she was awarded first prize at the Bellan Compeition in Paris. Three
years later, she won gold medals in piano and chamber music and the following year, the "Prix d'excellence à
l'unanimité". She continued her musical studies with Denyse Rivière and with Christian Manen at the Paris
Superior Conservatory where she received first prize for specialization in Solfège. There, she pursued special
studies in harmony, counterpoint and fugue. In 1990, she moved to Philadelphia to study with pianist Susan Starr.
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo has given the world premiere of pieces by Argentinean composers and the world premiere of
a discovered piece by Francis Poulenc at Towson University which she recorded in her CD Voyage in 2007.
As a recording artist, Sandrine Erdely-Sayo has recorded the integral work of Primitivo Lazaro in 2 CDs and a CD
Voyage, which includes pieces by Liszt, Thalberg, Debussy, Scriabin, Manen and Poulenc. In 2009, she was
commissioned by Arabesque Records NY to compose Platero y Yo, fifteen pieces for piano, to illustrate the poems
of Juan Ramon Jiménez, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. In 20012, she produced a new recording of
Platero y Yo with narrator Elizabeth Peña. An hour long program on Fred Flaxman´s ¨Compact Discoveries¨called
“Introducing Sandrine” was heard on NPR nationwide.
In 1996, Sandrine Erdely-Sayo was granted permanent residency as an artist of exceptional ability. She became an
American Citizen in February 2007.
She is also a member of the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry and of the Mega Society.
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo resides in Sedona and Philadelphia.
"A pianist with idealism,
passion and lyricism" (La
| Left to right: Steve Rowe, Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, Elizabeth Peña,
Barbara Di Toro, David Pasbrig
Recording of the Hymn to Sedona
Pianist - Composer
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