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Photos by Anna-Julia Granberg

Born in Oslo, Norway, Sara Aimée Smiseth pursued her career at the Norwegian Academy of Music and The Royal Conservatory of Brussels with professors Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Einar Henning Smebye, and Jan Michiels. She also has a degree in Musicology from the University of Oslo. 

She has distinguished herself with her unique combination of both verbal and musical ‘storytelling’ — weaving the history and relevance of her subjects into her virtuosic piano concerts. Since she finished her studies in 2014 she has toured regularly with her lecture concerts home and abroad.

Concert tour

In March 2022 Sara embarks on a concerts tour of the American Midwest to promote her solo debut album Agathe Backer Grøndahl – Piano Works (Grand Piano).

Agathe Backer Grøndahl, born in Norway in 1843, was one of the cornerstones of Norwegian classical music’s golden age. She was a student of Franz Liszt, she performed in London and Paris with great success, and she was proclaimed one of the greatest pianists of the century by writer George Bernard Shaw. She composed more than 400 works for piano, voice, choir and orchestra, and she was a wife and a mother of three.

Norwegian pianist Sara Smiseth performs Grøndahl’s music whilst conveying the story of her life, including her close friendship with Nina and Edvard Grieg and her struggle to pursue a career as a pianist and composer against all odds.

Tour dates:

Recital at Mindekirken, Minneapolis MN
Saturday, March 5 2022, 7PM

Masterclass at Mindekirken, Minneapolis MN
Sunday, March 6 2022, 2PM

Lecture at St. Olaf College, Northfield MN
Wednesday, March 9 2022, 11:45AM

Recital at St. Olaf College (Urness Recital Hall), Northfield MN
Thursday, March 10 2022, 8:15PM

Private recital in Olathe, KS
Sunday, March 13 2022

Recital at the Steinway Piano Gallery, Lenexa, KS
Tuesday, March 15 2022, 7:30PM

Presentation at the Sons of Norway Maihaugen Lodge in Kansas City, KS
Wednesday, March 16 2022

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