"They have style, passion, energy and commitment in their playing. They radiate such an infectious joy when they perform that one comes away refreshed and renewed."

- Marty Merkley, Chautauqua Institution

"They are a remarkable piano-duo team of sisters...Their performance was enchanting and technically assured."

- Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

"Amy and Sara have a insatiable curiosity about music which leads them to explore every direction music can take them...they stand out."

- Alexander Braginsky, International Piano-e-Competition

"This performance really convinced the listener that they have command of the keyboard. Very impressive technically and interpretively."

- Allison Nelson, President of the Ellis Jury

"Immensely talented people...excellent performance."

- Henry Janiec, Spartanburg Symphony

"Sensitive musically, lovely character and sound. They played as one."

- Elizabeth Pridonoff, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

"Amy and Sara Hamann have the eloquence and ability to maintain their audience under their powers."

- L’Impartial, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

"The Hamanns are smart, stylish players, and they have a bold streak...[they] attack their instruments with a fierce energy...The sisters also can play with real delicacy, along with perfect unanimity...The Hamanns will go far."

- Michael Anthony, Star Tribune

"It was a stunning performance; they sounded like one."

- Spartanburg Herald

"Many times a single very fast phrase would race from one keyboard to the other so seamlessly that it was hard to tell which instrument was playing."

- Rochester Post-Bulletin

"The elegantly dressed, sibling soloists - Amy and Sara Hamann - performed the work like a hearty conversation, passing the audience’s focus from one to the other and back to the orchestra, with commanding ease."

- The Chautauquan Daily

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Amy and Sara Hamann
Beethoven - Complete Piano Duets
c. 2012 Grand Piano

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Amy and Sara Hamann
Jeux d'enfants
c. 2004 The Schubert Club

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audio 1. W.F Bach, Sonata in F - Allegro
audio2. W.F Bach, Sonata in F - Andante
3. W.F Bach, Sonata in F - Presto
audio4. Liszt, Reminiscences de Don Juan
5. Bizet, Jeux d'enfants - The Swing
audio6. Bizet, Jeux d'enfants - The Top
7. Bizet, Jeux d'enfants - The Doll
8. Bizet, Jeux d'enfants - Merry-Go-Round
9. Bizet, Jeux d'enfants - Badminton
audio10. Bizet, Jeux d'enfants - Trumpet and Drum
11. Bizet, Jeux d'enfants - Soap Bubbles
12. Bizet, Jeux d'enfants - Puss in the Corner
13. Bizet, Jeux d'enfants - Blindman's Bluff
audio14. Bizet, Jeux d'enfants - Leapfrog
15. Bizet, Jeux d'enfants - Little Husband, Little Wife
audio16. Bizet, Jeux d'enfants - The Ball
17. Arensky, Suite No.1 - Romance
audio18. Arensky, Suite No.1 - Waltz
19. Arensky, Suite No.1 - Polonaise
audio20. Lutoslawski, Variations on a theme of Paganini


Hamann Sisters Debut with Minnesota Orchestra
July 14, 2007
Amy and Sara Hamann

Please visit http://www.studio360.org/episodes/2007/07/13 to listen to the National Public Radio interview and to learn more about the history of the concerto the Hamann Sisters performed during their debut with the Minnesota Orchestra


Interview with pianists Amy and Sara Hamann
by John Birge, March 17, 2004
Sara and Amy Hamann

Amy and Sara Hamann

audio Listen: interview part 1
audio Listen to music example
Excerpt from Liszt's Reminiscences of Don Juan, a performance recorded at the Schubert Club’s Courtroom Concerts.
audio Listen: interview part 2
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Georges Bizet's “Jeux d’Enfants,” recorded in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser studio by Tom Mudge on January 21, 2004


Amy and Sara became the first American Piano Duo to win the Absolute First Prize in the 14th Concorso Pianistico Internazionale, held in Rome, Italy in October, 2003. Amy and Sara are also the youngest First Prize winners in the history of the National Federation of Music 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. They study with Alexander Braginsky from the University of Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

 
 
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