Canadian/British violinist Sadie Fields
enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, and writer. Sadie discovered the violin at the age of seven when her primary school went to see the famous Axelrod collection of Stradivarius violins. Her talent was quickly recognised, and she began performing at an early age. Sadie performs across North America and Europe, and her concerts have also brought her further afield, including to the Middle East, Asia, and New Zealand. Sadie indulges her love of chamber music with her Brussels-based piano trio, Trio Khnopff, and she also performs regularly with the New European Ensemble (Netherlands), the Festival Trio (Canada), and pianist Stephanie Salmin.
Sadie broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio New Zealand, NDR (Germany), Swedish radio, Klara, and Musiq’3 (Belgium), amongst others. As a recording artist, she has recorded extensively for BIS Records with the Swedish ensemble Camerata Nordica, and has released two discs with Champs Hill Records. The first, a disc of Mendelssohn chamber music, was chosen as BBC Music Magazine’s Editor’s Choice and ‘Chamber Disc of the Month’ for September 2014, and was also ‘Chamber Music Disc of the Quarter’ by the German Record Critics’ Award Association. Sadie’s second disc for Champs Hill is the complete Brahms Sonatas with pianist Jeremy Young, released in May 2015 to critical acclaim. Sadie’s trio recently released a disc entitled ‘Weinberg – 1945’ on Pavane Records, which has met with great critical acclaim and has been chosen as BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Chamber Disc of the Month’ for January 2020.
Sadie holds a PhD from the Royal Academy of Music, London. Her practice-led doctoral research addresses practical and philosophical ideas associated with the concepts of learning and ‘tradition’, focusing on her own engagement with Bartók’s violin writing. Sadie has won awards from over twenty UK and international associations, and has been a Leverhulme Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music and the Edison Visiting Fellow at the British Library.
Principal teachers include György Pauk, Yair Kless, and Atis Bankas, and Sadie has also been guided and mentored by Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, and Ferenc Rados. As a teacher herself, Sadie teaches violin and chamber music, and she has given masterclasses in China, the UK, and Canada.Sadie plays on a fine Italian violin by Gioffredo Cappa, made in 1687. For more information, visit sadiefields.com