guelph musicfest


season 13 — friday may 31 to friday june 21, 2019

Sadie Fields (violin)

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​Canadian/Belgian violinist Sadie Fields enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, and writer. Sadie discovered the violin at the age of seven when her primary school went to see the famous Axelrod collection of Stradivarius violins. Her talent was quickly apparent, and she began concertizing at an early age. Sadie performs across North America, the UK, and continental Europe, and her concerts have also brought her further afield, including to the Middle East, Asia, and New Zealand. Sadie indulges her love of chamber music at festivals around Europe and at IMS Prussia Cove, and both her solo and chamber music repertoire is extensive and diverse. Sadie is the founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music Brussels, an ongoing series of concerts that brings top musicians to intimate venues and encourages audience-performer engagement.

Sadie has been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio New Zealand, NDR (Germany), and Swedish radio. As a recording artist, she has recorded extensively for BIS Records with the Swedish ensemble Camerata Nordica, and has released two discs with Champs Hill Records. The first, a disc of Mendelssohn chamber music, was chosen as BBC Music Magazine’s Editor’s Choice and ‘Chamber Disc of the Month’ for September 2014, and was also ‘Chamber Music Disc of the Quarter’ by the German Record Critics’ Award Association (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik). Sadie’s second disc for Champs Hill is the complete Brahms Sonatas with pianist Jeremy Young, released in May 2015.

Sadie holds a PhD from the Royal Academy of Music (2015). Her practice-led doctoral research addresses practical and philosophical ideas associated with the concepts of learning and ‘tradition’, focusing on her own engagement with Bartók’s violin writing. Sadie has won awards from over twenty UK and international associations, and has been a Leverhulme Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music and the Edison Visiting Fellow at the British Library.

Principal teachers include György Pauk, Yair Kless, and Atis Bankas, and Sadie has also been guided and mentored by Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, and Ferenc Rados. As a teacher herself, Sadie teaches violin and chamber music, and she has given masterclasses at conservatoires and universities in China and the UK. For more information, visit sadiefields.com
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