First place winners at the 2009 Ellis Piano Duo Competition, 88SQUARED also won the Abild Prize for American music. The duo won second prize at Concours Grieg International Piano Competition in Norway, where they performed with members of the Oslo Philharmonic and received a Special Mention Prize. 88SQUARED recently premiered Lowell Liebermann's Sonata for Two Pianos at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, University of British Columbia (Canada) and the 2012 National Conference of Music Teachers National Association in New York City. They were praised by The Straits Times of Singapore for their "fearless" playing. The duo recently recorded Liebermann's complete works for two pianos with the composer serving as producer. Recipients of Washington State University’s New Faculty Seed Grant, 88SQUARED commissioned and premiered new two-piano works by Heather Schmidt and Daniel Ott at their debut recital in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as winners of the Artists International Competition. 88SQUARED has been presented in recital by Camerata Musica, University of Puget Sound’s Piano Festival, Victoria Conservatory of Music (Canada), Washington State Music Teachers' Association, and the National Federation of Music Clubs national and state conventions in Florida, Iowa, and DC. 88SQUARED was selected to perform at the 2010 Chamber Music America Showcase in Long Beach, CA, and was awarded a 2010 GAP Artist Trust Award. The duo has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center, Rutgers Church Piano Recital Series in New York City, Bowdoin Music Festival, and the Auditorium Chamber Series.
88SQUARED is comprised of married pianists Jeffrey Savage and Karen Hsiao Savage, both of whom received masters and doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School. Major teachers include Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jonathan Feldman, Angela Cheng, and Robin Wood. While at Juilliard, Jeff and Karen were invited to perform for Juilliard’s board of directors, where they shared the stage with Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach.) Individually they have performed in major international venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, the Shanghai Grand Theater, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Kyoto’s International Chamber Music Festival. Both serve on the piano faculty of Washington State University’s School of Music and are frequent guest-teachers and adjudicators through Music Teachers National Association. Their students have been medalists in state and regional competitions. The Savages reside in Pullman, Washington with their young son.
September 17, 2015, 8 pm, Bryan Hall Theatre. Hindemith Sonata for Bassoon and Piano. Hindemith Sonata for English Horn and Piano. Poulenc Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano. Jeffrey Savage, Karen Savage, Keri McCarthy (oboe) and Ryan Hare (bassoon)
September 25, 2015, 8 pm, Bryan Hall Theatre. Palouse Trio: Jeffrey Savage, piano; Meredith Arksey, violin; Ruth Boden, cello, Giselle Hillyer, viola. Shostakovich Trio no. 1, Piazzolla Four Seasons, Faure Piano Quartet in G minor.
October 17, 2015, 10am. Snohomish County Music Teachers Association YAMS Workshop, Everett, WA. Karen Savage
October 29, 2015, 8 pm. Kimbrough Concert Hall. 88squared recital and Liebermann CD release. Recital program: Liebermann Lullaby no. 2, Saint-Saens Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, Poulenc Sonata for Two Pianos, Shostakovich Concertino, and Liebermann Daydream and Nightmare for 8 hands with Jerry Berthiaume and Michelle Mielke.
Nov. 6, 2015, 7:30 pm. Illinois State Music Teachers Association Conference Guest Artist Recital, Chicago, IL, Moody College.
Nov. 6, 2015, 10:45 am. Illinois State Music Teachers Association Workshop: Teaching Collaborative Piano, Chicago, IL.
Nov. 7, 2015, 10 am. Illinois State Music Teachers Association Conference, Piano Duo Masterclass
January 16. 2016. Snohomish County Music Teachers Association YAMS Workshop, Everett, WA. Karen Savage
January 29, 2016, 8 pm, Bryan Hall Theatre. Cantiamo! WSU Faculty Voice Ensemble with Karen Savage
February 2, 2016, 8 pm, Bryan Hall Theatre. Sarah Miller, trombone and Karen Savage, piano
February 10, 2016, 8 pm. Bryan Hall Theatre. Liszt’s Totentanz. Jeffrey Savage, piano, with WSU Symphonic Banc conducted by Dr. Danh Pham
March 1, 2016, 8 pm, Bryan Hall Theatre. Martin King, horn and Karen Savage, piano
April 8-9, 2016, Beethoven Sonatas Recital, Workshop, and Masterclass with Jeffrey Savage, Kitsap Music Teachers Association, WA.
June 26-July 1 WSU Summer Keyboard Explorations, Pullman, WA
Bach-Vivaldi Concerto for Organ in a minor Benjamin, Arthur Jamaican Rhumba Bolcom, William The Serpent's Kiss Brahms, Johannes Sonata Op. 34b Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56b Debussy, Claude Prélude à l’aprés-midi d’une faune (arr. by composer) Grieg/Mozart Sonata in C minor, K. 457 Hsiao, Tyzen Fantasy-Waltz, Op. 38 Khatchaturian, Aram Ostinato Liebermann, Lowell Sonata for Two Pianos (2011) Lutoslawski, Witold Variations on a Theme of Paganini (1941) Milhaud, Darius Scaramouche (1945) Mozart, W. A. Sonata in D, K. 448 Ott, Daniel Pieces of Reich (2004, rev. 2008) premiere Rachmaninov, Sergei Fantasy, Op. 5 (Suite no. 1) Suite no. 2, Op. 17 Symphonic Dances, no. 1 Ravel, Maurice La Valse Rzewski, Frederic Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues Schmidt, Heather Centaurus A (2008) premiere Shostakovich, Dmitri Concertino, Op. 94
Bach, J. S. Concerto in C major Bartok, Bela Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra Mozart, W. A. Concerto in Eb Major, K. 365 Mendelssohn, Felix Concerto in E Major Saint-Saens, Camille Carnival of the Animals
Bartok, Bela Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion Brahms, Johannes Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52, piano 4 hands w/ vocal q’tet Orff, Karl Carmina Burana (for piano 4 hands, percussion and choir)
Barber, Samuel Souvenirs Brahms, Johannes Hungarian Dances (selected) Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52 Bizet, Georges Jeux d’Enfants (selected) Debussy, Claude Petite Suite Dvorak, Antonin Legends (selected) Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 and 72 (selected) Faure, Gabriel Dolly Suite, Op. 56 Hirtz, William Wizard of Oz Fantasy Mozart, W. A. Sonata in D Major, K. 381 Sonata in Bb Major, K. 358 Poulenc, Francis Sonata Ravel, Maurice Ma mere l’Oye Schubert, Franz Fantasy in F minor, D. 940 Schickele, Peter (PDQ Bach) Sonata Inamorata Stravinsky, Igor Five Easy Pieces Three Easy Pieces Tchaikovsky, Peter The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a (arr. Eduard Langer)