Miki Sawada

Pianist & Founder of Gather Hear

Miki is a rare breed of classical musician, equipped with training from top conservatories yet insatiably curious about classical music’s possibilities outside of the concert hall. Although Gather Hear is her passion project, she maintains an active schedule within the traditional classical circuit as well. She has performed in North America, Europe, and Asia at venues and occasions such as: Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, Helsinki Music Centre, Oneppo Chamber Music Series at Yale, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Music on Main (Vancouver), Chicago Symphony Center’s Macy’s Day of Music, the Banff Centre, and radio stations WQXR (NYC), WFMT (Chicago), and KUAC (Fairbanks). When in NYC, she is active in the new music scene and performs at venues such as Roulette, Spectrum, DiMenna Center, and MATA festival. In the summers, she serves as a faculty member of Heifetz Institute, Point CounterPoint Camp, and Berkshire High Peaks Festival. Miki holds degrees from Yale School of Music, Eastman School of Music, and Northwestern University.

Miki loves hiking up mountains. She also enjoys running, horseback riding, and meandering in new cities in search of cafes and breweries.

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