Amy and Sara Hamann
Heralded as "having the eloquence and ability to maintain their audience under their powers" by L'Impartial, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Amy and Sara Hamann in just a few years have won international recognition, captivating audiences and critics alike wherever they appear.
Amy and Sara are the first American Piano Duo to win the Absolute First Prize in the Fryderyk Chopin Concorso Pianistico Internazionale, held in Rome, Italy. They are also the youngest First Prize winners in the history of the National Federation of Music Clubs Ellis Competition for Duo-Pianists. In addition to winning the first prize, Amy and Sara were awarded the Lucile Parrish Ward Award for the best performance of American music.
As winners of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies' Concerto Competition, Amy and Sara made their professional debut at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Their broad range of repertoire and versatility in playing period and modern instruments has led them to be featured artists at the Chautauqua Institution, the Quebec International Duo-Piano Festival as well as the Reding-Piette Two-Piano Festival in Switzerland. Frequently, Amy and Sara's performances have been broadcast on national and international television and radio, including NPR's Performance Today.
This recording was made live in concert in June 2004. The recital was sponsored by The Schubert Club and Children's Yamaha Music School (where the sisters began their music study with Lana Flatau). Currently Amy and Sara Hamann are busily engaged in teaching and concertizing. Upcoming projects include a classical music video as well as recital, concerto, and festival appearances throughout the United States and Europe.