The Hamann Sisters
Classical Piano Duo
Internationally acclaimed and award winning Piano Duo Amy and Sara Hamann capture the hearts of audiences and critics alike wherever they perform. At home on both period and modern instruments, Amy and Sara offer endless variety in their programming and are passionate about making classical music fun and accessible to every member of their audience. Amy and Sara’s highly energetic concerts bring audience members on a journey to understand the composers’ thoughts, spoken through music. Whether they are soloing with an orchestra or appearing by themselves on one or two pianos, the Hamanns offer themed, holiday, and standard recital programs filled with music spanning the centuries. Equally comfortable in an intimate setting or amphitheater, this sister duo is sure to captivate and entertain audiences of all ages!
Amy and Sara Hamann are also passionate about sharing their love of music with children of all ages. They relish the opportunity to work with elementary through college-aged students in a residency, masterclass or workshop setting. For their hands-on, interactive workshops, they offer programs centered on the theme of teamwork and exploring imagery in music. These workshops are sure to engage and get young people interested in classical music!
>> Career Highlights
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.
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, MN. Their broad range of repertoire and versatility in playing period and modern instruments has led them to be featured artists with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra at the Chautauqua Institution, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, the Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series, the Oslo International Music Festival, the Quebec International Duo-Piano Festival, as well as the Reding-Piette Two-Piano Festival in Switzerland. The Hamanns joined Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra for the American premiere of Haydn’s Concerto for Two Pianos and were the guest artists for the season opening concerts of the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, and the Colonial Chamber Series in Minneapolis. Frequently, Amy and Sara’s performances have been broadcast on national and international television and radio, including APM’s Performance Today, New Classical Tracks and NPR’s Studio 360.
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 and the First Prize winners of the International Grieg Competition, held in Oslo, Norway. The Hamanns are 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. The sisters are also winners of the prestigious McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music.
The Hamanns recorded Beethoven’s Complete Piano Duets twice; once on a modern Yamaha grand piano and again on reproductions of period accurate fortepianos from Schubert Club’s collection. Naxos released these first of their kind comparative recordings as a double disc set. Amy and Sara are under the tutelage of Alexander Braginsky.
“The Hamann performances must be described as sparkling.”
–American Record Guide
“They are elegant and perceptive, self-confident and telepathic.”
“They take brilliance to another level.”
–Preston Recorded Music Society
“Virtuoso technique, charming musicality and excellent coordination.”
–Early Music America
“The Hamanns are smart, stylish players, and they have a bold streak…[They] attack their instruments with a fierce energy…The sisters can also play with real delicacy, along with perfect unanimity…The Hamanns will go far.”
–Michael Anthony, Star Tribune
“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 an 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, Cincinnati 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
“It was a stunning performance; they sounded like one.”
“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.”
“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
>> Basic Set-Up Needs
In order to give you the best performance possible, The Hamann Sisters provide the following information as a technical rider to their contract:
One or two pianos with two artists benches
>> Sample Introduction
The following is a sample introduction you might use when introducing The Hamann Sisters to your audience:
“We are pleased to present duo-pianists, Amy and Sara Hamann (pronounced Hay-man). 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 have won international recognition, captivating audiences and critics alike wherever they appear.
As winners of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies’ Concerto Competition, these sisters made their professional debut at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, MN. They have been featured artists with the Minnesota Orchestra under the baton of Osmo Vanska, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, the Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series, the Oslo International Music Festival, as well as the Quebec International Duo-Piano Festival. Frequently, their performances have been broadcast on national and international television and radio, including APM’s Performance Today, New Classical Tracks and NPR’s Studio 360.
Amy and Sara are the first American duo to win the Absolute First Prize in the Fryderyk Chopin Concorso Pianistico Internazionale, First Prize winners of the International Grieg Competition, and First Prize winners of the Ellis Competition for Duo-Pianists. Please give a warm welcome to Amy and Sara Hamann!”
>> Pricing Information
Pricing for each act varies depending on a number of factors including: location of the event; popularity of the date; routing for each act; type of event; single or multiple day performances; length of show, etc. To get a specific and accurate quote for your event please contact our office by completing the form below or calling (612) 361-6002. We respond very quickly to answer all our clients' questions.