Classical pianist Sandrine Erdely-Sayo Saturday at Will Rogers

SARANAC LAKE – On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, a first prize graduate from the Paris Superior Conservatory and prize winner at the Ibla International Competition in Italy will perform a piano recital at Saranac Village at Will Rogers.

Sandrine came to the United States in 1990 for post graduate studies with Susan Starr, at the University of the Arts, after winning the “Concours International de la Scne Francaise” in Paris. She became the youngest recipient of the French Minister of Culture Prize at the age of 13. At 14, she wrote three pieces for chamber 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 such as the Bach Festival, Festival International des Arts, Prades Festival, Festival of the Hispanidad, the Louvre concerts, the Jewish Film Festival and for radio and television in different countries.

Sandrine Erdely-Sayo began studying piano at the age of 4 with Pablo Casals’ goddaughter, Michele Puig, at the Perpignan Conservatory, in France. At 10, she was awarded first prize at the Bellan Competition in Paris. Three years later, she won gold medals in piano and chamber music and the following year, the “prix d’excellence a l’unanimite.” She continued her musical studies with Denyse Riviere and with Christian Manen at the “Conservatoire National Suprieur de Musique de Paris” where she received first prize for specialization in solfge. There, she pursued special studies in harmony, counterpoint and fugue.

As a recording artist, Erdely-Sayo has recorded the integral work of Primitivo Lazaro in 2 CDs and, most recently, a new CD, “Voyage,” which includes pieces by Liszt, Thalberg, Debussy, Scriabin and Poulenc. An hour long program on Fred Flaxman’s “Compact Discoveries” called “Introducing Sandrine” has been heard on NPR all over the country.

For more information on her talents, please visit This program open to the public and a $5 donation is requested. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 518-891-7117.