Last visit: Soloist Academy (2021)
Saya Hashino is a virtuosic concert pianist, organist, harpsichordist who brings life to a diverse musical repertoire with finesse and expressivity. Truly versatile and versed in early, chamber, orchestral and contemporary music, she plays her keyboard instruments regularly with highly-acclaimed and established orchestras such as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Ensemble Contrechamps to name a few. Saya is titular organist of Saint-Germain Church in Geneva.
A prolific performer in her adopted home of French-speaking Switzerland, Saya also performs internationally. Most recently in 2021, she demonstrated her powerful vitality and bright sensitivity in her performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in France, which she has arranged for a Nonet, with the world-renowned Kazuki Yamada. In 2019, she was invited to MITO SettembreMusica in Italy to take part in an immersive multimedia performance of videography and two-piano rendition of French music. In 2018, she appeared at BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in the UK and performed Stravinsky’s Petrushka alongside the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Also with the same orchestra at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in the USA, she played the celesta in Stravinsky’s Song of Nightingale for which she received a glowing review from the Washington Post, describing her performance was “top-notch solo work” and that “revealed this sensationally colored music in all of its riotous variety.”
Besides live performances, she is also active as a recording artist and is currently working on an album of Bach’s masterpieces for organ. Under the record label OPMC Classics, she played the organ in Fauré’s Requiem with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo under the direction of Kazuki Yamada. For Octavia Records, she recorded English Music for Clarinet and Piano with clarinetist Dmitry Rasul- Kareyev as well as Gentle Stream with trumpetist Osamu Kumashiro.
After having studied at the Geidai, she perfected her keyboard skills at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève from which she received Master’s degrees in Piano Soloist and Organ Soloist with various awards.
Naturally curious, she seeks to explore new ways of combining music with other art forms. In the summer of 2021, she founded the Institut International d’Art, Culture et Société to produce various multi-disciplinary cultural activities to begin in the coming months. Saya is also a master of Reiki since 2021, she gives energy healing.