Sarah Beth Briggs

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Sarah Beth Briggs (born Newcastle upon Tyne, 2 June 1972) is a British classical pianist.

She was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition at the age of 11 in 1984 and one of the youngest recipients of a Myra Hess award at the same age. She was joint winner of the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg at the age of 15. She studied in Newcastle, York and Birmingham with Denis Matthews, in Switzerland with one of Claudio Arrau's most renowned students, Edith Fischer and, through a Hindemith Foundation chamber scholarship, with Bruno Giuranna.

Sarah Beth Briggs
Haydn F Minor Variations, Hob. XVII/6 played by Sarah Beth Briggs

A soloist and chamber musician, she has broadcast, performed live and given masterclasses in the UK, around Europe, the USA and Russia and has worked with many international orchestras including the Halle, London Mozart Players, London Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. In addition to her new piano duet venture with James Lisney, she leads four chamber groups: Anton Stadler Trio (with clarinettist Janet Hilton and violist Robin Ireland), Clarion³ (with Janet Hilton and bassoonist Laurence Perkins), Trio Melzi (with violinist Richard Howarth and cellist Hannah Roberts) and a duo with Janet Hilton. She also taught keyboard at the University of York.

She has produced recordings of Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Britten (the world premiere of whose Three Character Pieces she gave in 1989), Chopin, Debussy, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Rawsthorne on the Semaphore label.[1]


  • Sarah Beth Briggs Plays Haydn, Mozart, Bartok, Brahms and Chopin SML MP14
  • Sarah Beth Briggs Plays Beethoven, Brahms, Rawsthorne and Britten SML MP21
  • Sarah Beth Briggs Plays Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart SML MP28
  • Sarah Beth Briggs Plays Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert SML MP35
  • Sarah Beth Briggs Plays Debussy and Chopin SML MP49


  1. ^ "Sarah Beth Briggs". Retrieved 2010-06-30. 

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