Welcome to the website of international concert pianist,
Sarah Beth Briggs. Please enjoy browsing, listening to Sarah’s playing and reading about her solo recital, concerto and chamber music work.
an artist of extraordinary magnetism
Beautiful and deeply romantic performances by a pianist who cares above all for the musical substance and the emotional power of the compositions.
a memorably nimble and detailed performance – good enough to rank alongside those of Uchida and Perahia.
Music Web International
Extract from Hans Gál Prelude, op 65 no 3
The final Presto, passionate and elusive, gives another opportunity to become all ears for this very Austrian musical journey, to marvel at the stylistic range of the programme offered, and to also say thank you for this beautiful and important musical declaration of love to Hans Gál by the outstanding pianist Sarah Beth Briggs.
Online Merker – The Austrian Connection
Listen below to the slow movement of Hans Gál’s Piano Concerto which Sarah will perform with the Hofer Symphoniker in the coming season and see what the Press said about her world premiere recording with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Kenneth Woods here:
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Sarah is also a committed and highly skilled educator, working with young professionals and talented advanced adult amateurs. She also gives regular workshops. Her next workshop – focusing on Bach’s Partita no 1 and Italian Concerto will be on 14th January, 2024. For details of future events (the page is regularly updated) please click here.
Not only is Sarah an awe-inspiring pianist, she is also a superb teacher – two things that don’t necessarily go together! Her meticulous preparation, her astonishing ear for detail and her profound understanding of, and respect for, the intent of the composer are the things that make her workshops and lessons so special.
2023 / 2024
A German concerto debut, new recital venues and an underlying Hans Gál theme
Hans Gál plays a significant role in Sarah’s plans for the forthcoming season. With multiple international plaudits including a Gramophone Critic’s Choice for her world premiere recording of the Concerto back in 2016, December 2023 sees her performing it live in Germany with the Hofer Symphoniker.
In addition to a wide variety of other repertoire, Sarah continues to highlight her commitment to Hans Gál’s music. In a selection of her numerous upcoming solo recitals, she offers a themed Variations Plus concert, based partly around her 2023 Variations release on AVIE Records but with Gál’s only Sonata for solo piano (with its haunting variation 3rd mvt) at the heart of it.
Sarah Beth Briggs gives a wonderfully balanced reading of music that seems familiar- in its classical poise and charm – and strange (much occurs beneath the surface, especially harmonically, that confirms its modernity).
Gramophone (Critic’s Choice)
Ms Briggs displays complete mastery of and gives her all to the Gál.
American Record Guide
I cannot imagine it receiving a more convincing account than the one given here.
(Hans Gál Piano Concerto) BBC Music Magazine
2023 AVIE RECORDS RELEASE
AVAILABLE NOW via this link
Variations on a Minuet by Duport, K573
7 Variations on God Save The King, WoO78
6 Variations on an Original Theme in F major, op 34
Variations Sérieuses, op 54
Variations on a theme by Robert Schumann, op 9