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From Bach to Liszt, from FaurÃ© 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. She has been described as "electrifying" (Philadelphia Inquirer), and as "A
pianist with idealism, passion and lyricism" (La Prensa, Spain).
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo is a first prize graduate from the Paris Superior Conservatory, and prize winner at the Ibla International
Competition in Italy. She came to the United States in 1990 for post graduate studies with Susan Starr after winning the "Concours de
la scÃ¨ne FranÃ§aise" in Paris.
She was the youngest recipient of the French Minister of Culture Prize at the age of 13.
At 14, she wrote three pieces for chamner orchestra which were played at the Chatelet Theater, in Paris. 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, for radio and television in various countries. in 1990, Sandrine Erdely-Sayo made her Chicago
debut at Preston Bradley Hall for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert.
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo began studying piano at the age of 4 with Pablo Casals's Goddaughter, MichÃ¨le 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 Ã l'unanimitÃ©". She continued her musical studies with
Denyse RiviÃ¨re and with Christian Manen at the Paris Superior Conservatory where she received first prize for specialization in
SolfÃ¨ge. There, she pursued special special studies in harmony, counterpoint and fugue.
She has given the world premiere o f 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 JimÃ©nez, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. in 20012, she produced a new recording of Platero y Yo with narrator Elizabeth PeÃ±a. An hour long program on
Fred FlaxmanÂ´s Â¨Compact DiscoveriesÂ¨called Â¨introducing SandrineÂ¨ was heard on NPR nationwide.
in 1996, Sandrine Erdely-Sayo was granted permanent residency as an artist of exceptional ability and as a National Interest for the United States. She became an American
Citizen in February 2007.
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo is also a member of the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry and of the Mega Society.
Elizabeth PeÃ±a, Narrator of Platero y Yo, is currently the director of the Spanish Language School in Philadelphia. After studying
sciences in Cali, Colombia, where she was born, she immigrated to the United States in 1991. Her interest and love for
languages took her to a differenet path. She specialized in the field of languages and became an expert in teaching Spanish as a
second language. With a great talent in prose and narrative, Elizabeth PeÃ±a received a proposal to work with artist Sandrine
Erdely-Sayo. In 2010, she narrated Platero y Yo in New york City for the annual NPR conference. Since then, she has been
performing in different states as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Texas and Arizona. In 2012, Elizabeth PeÃ±a, made the
recording of Platero y Yo in Texas with pianist/composer Sandrine Erdely-Sayo followed by a second recording called "Intelligent
series" of The Dove and the Jaguar. With a lyrical and soothing voice, Elizabeth PeÃ±a brings words to life and life to words.