Recent Festival Reviews

“Sauer did not so much accompany the singer as collaborate with her in creating dramatic scenes. His dynamic range and tempi were a perfect match for Aldrich’s sensitive portrayals.”

-Maine Classical Beat, August 9, 2017


“The evening ended with more virtuosity than seems possible for a 15-year-old composer: the Mendelssohn Piano Quartet in B Minor, Opus 3…While members of the Brentano [Quartet], absent the second violin, were able to hold it together as a quartet for the first three movements, they had to throw up their hands in the final Allegro vivace, and yield the stage to Sauer, who turned in an astounding performance with seeming nonchalance.”

-Maine Classical Beat, August 20, 2016


“Sauer, who replaced an injured Ignat Solzhenitsyn, opened the program with a delightfully impressionistic ‘La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune,’ from Claude Debussy’s Preludes, Book Two. After intermission, he joined Fain and Shao in a rousing performance of Maurice Ravel’s Piano Trio…[t]he Ravel makes huge demands upon all performers, but especially the piano…Sauer’s work would have been outstanding, even if he had not been called upon on short notice.”

-Portland Press Herald, August 8, 2014