Office: Kimbrough 460
Dr. Karen Savage
Associate Professor of Music
Praised as a "tour de force" (Santa Barbara News-Press) and for the "breathtaking beauty and pure lyricism" of her playing (Le Soleil, Vancouver), Karen Hsiao Savage won first prize in the 2009 Ellis Piano Duo Competition with husband Jeffrey Savage, as the piano duo 88SQUARED. 88SQUARED received the Abild American Music Prize for best performance of an American work at the competition, and was a winner of the 2008 Artists International Competition. The duo also won second prize and a Special Mention Prize at Concours Grieg International Piano Competition in Oslo, Norway, where they performed with members of the Oslo Philharmonic.
Karen Savage's recent performances include featured recitals by 88SQUARED at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, the National Federation of Music Clubs 2009 and 2011 National Conventions in Orlando and Metro DC, Camerata Musica, University of British Columbia Recital Series, University of Puget Sound's Piano Festival, Victoria Conservatory of Music (Canada), 2010 Chamber America Showcase in Long Beach, CA, and featured conference artist recitals in D.C., Washington, Florida, and Iowa. 88SQUARED premiered Lowell Liebermann’s new Sonata for Two Pianos in Canada, Washington state, and New York City; Asian premieres of the work are scheduled for 2014.
As collaborative pianist with the Perlman Music Program on its China tour and residency at the Shanghai Conservatory, Karen performed in a live national broadcast from the Shanghai Theater. She has also performed in Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Hall, and in community outreach concerts through the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation, Sing for Hope, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's "Inside Chamber Music."
Karen Savage completed master’s and doctoral degrees in collaborative piano at The Juilliard School under full scholarship and as a C. V. Starr Doctoral Fellow. She also holds a master’s degree in piano performance from Juilliard, a bachelor's degree from the University of Victoria, and performance diplomas from the Victoria and Toronto conservatories. Her major teachers include Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jonathan Feldman, Samuel Sanders, Margo Garrett, Robin Wood, Winifred Wood, and Edward Parker. She was the graduate teaching assistant in Juilliard's Collaborate Piano department, as well as the studio pianist for Heidi Castleman at Juilliard, the Aspen Music Festival, and Perlman Music Program.
Currently Assistant Professor at Washington State University's School of Music, she teaches piano and chamber music and coordinates accompanying. Her piano students have been medalists at regional and state competitions. Committed to education, Karen Savage has adjudicated and given workshops for Music Teachers National Association events in Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, and throughout Washington.
Upcoming projects include a CD of the complete two-piano works of Lowell Liebermann, with the composer serving as producer.