88SQUARED, the piano duo of Jeffrey and Karen Savage, won the Ellis Piano Duo Competition and the Abild Prize for American Music. Strong advocates of new music, the duo has presented the international premieres of works by Lowell Liebermann, Daniel Ott, Heather Schmidt, and Ryan Hare, and regularly introduces new works by other American composers to international audiences. 88SQUARED has received critical praise from Singapore's The Straits Times, American Record Guide, and Fanfare magazine; their performances have been praised as "fearless" (The Straits-Times) and "joyful and inspiring" (American Record Guide.) The duo's performances have been broadcast on internationally syndicated programs, on National Public Radio stations across the US, and on Vietnamese Public Television. 88SQUARED premiered Lowell Liebermann's Sonata for Two Pianos (2012), written for the duo, in Singapore, New York City, Washington state, and Canada, and was subsequently invited by the composer to record his complete two-piano works on Albany Records. The duo won second prize and a Special Mention Award at Concours Grieg International Competition in Norway, where they performed with members of the Oslo Philharmonic. 88SQUARED has been featured at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall, New York's Lincoln Center, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), Ho Chi Minh Conservatory (Vietnam), MusiQuest National Piano Festival (India), Victoria Conservatory of Music (Canada), Chamber Music America Showcase (California), National Federation of Music Clubs National and State Conferences in Orlando, DC, Florida and Iowa, University of British Columbia Recital Series (Vancouver), and Music Teachers National Association and National Federation of Music Clubs state and national conferences (New York City, Chicago, Orlando, and Iowa). The married pianists both completed masters and doctoral degrees at The Juilliard School. Their major teachers include Yoheved Kaplinsky, Angela Cheng, Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, Rudolf Barta, and Robin and Winifred Wood. Karen and Jeff both serve on the piano faculty at Washington State University and live in Pullman, WA. with their young son. Their students have won state and regional competitions, and enjoy diverse and successful careers in music.
June 23-28, 2019, WSU Summer Keyboard Explorations
Saturday, March 2, 2019, 8pm. Jeffrey Savage, piano: Three Sketches for Piano by Ryan Hare. Karen Savage with Keri McCarthy, oboe: Sonata for Oboe and Piano by Jim Stephenson
March 1, 2019, 8pm. Songs by Jim Stephenson. Karen Savage, piano with Julie Wieck, soprano
March 1-2, 2019 WSU Festival of Contemporary Art Music, Bryan Hall Theatre
February 19, 2019, 8pm. Karen Savage, piano with Shannon Scott, clarinet. Works by Kenji Bunch and Victor Babin
February 8, 2019, 8pm. Jeffrey Savage, piano and Solstice Wind Quintet. Tuille Sextet for piano and winds
October 24, 2018, 7:30 pm. Brigham Young University School of Music, Provo, Utah. 88 squared piano duo recital. Works by Brahms, Liebermann, and Saint-Saens
October 23, 2018, 7:30 pm. Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah. 88squared piano duo recital. Works by Brahms, Liebermann, and Saint-Saens
October 5, 2018, 8 pm. WSU Kimbrough Concert Hall. 88squared duo piano recital. Three sets of variations on Classical themes by Brahms, Liebermann, and Saint-Saens. https://events.wsu.edu/event/faculty-artist-series-88-squared/
September 21, 2018, 8pm. WSU Bryan Hall Theatre. Jeffrey Savage with Sophia Tegart, flute.
September 14, 2018, 8 pm. WSU Bryan Hall Theatre. Jeffrey and Karen Savage with Martin King, horn, and Chris Dickey, tuba and euphonium
September 16, 2018, 4pm. Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts Closing Concert. Josephy Center, Joseph, OR. Karen Savage with Leonard Garrison, flute; Shannon Scott, clarinet; Mark Eubanks, bassoon; and Lauren Nebel, oboe. https://wallowavalleyarts.org/arts-festival
June 10, 2018, 6pm. McCall Music Society Second Sundays at Six, Community Congregational Church, 901 N. 1st St, McCall, Idaho. Symphonic Works for Two Pianos, 88squared duo piano recital. Works by Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Dvorak, Shostakovich, and William Hirtz. mccallmusicsociety.org/second-sunday-sounds/
April 13, 2018, 8pm. Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. Jeffrey Savage, piano; Meredith Arksey, violin; Shannon Scott, clarinet; Ruth Boden, cello. Kimbrough Concert Hall, Washington State University.
March 3, 2018, 8pm. WSU Festival of Contemporary Art Music Guest Composer Concert: Jeffrey Savage, piano. Laura Schwendinger's Van Gogh Nocturnes.
March 1, 2018, 8pm. WSU Festival of Contemporary Art Music Faculty Composers Concert. Karen Savage, piano; Ann Yasinitsky, flute. Gregory Yasinitsky's Concertino.
February 25, 2018, 4pm. Palouse Piano Quartet Recital, University of Idaho Haddock Recital Hall. 88squared with Mauchley Duo.
February 17, 2018, 3pm. Steinway Gallery of Spokane, Palouse Piano Quartet Recital. 88squared with Mauchley Duo. steinwayspokane.com/news-events/
January 18, 2018, 8pm. WSU Faculty Artist Series, Bryan Hall Theatre. Karen Savage, piano; Keri McCarthy, oboe; Sophia Tegart, flute. Works by Laura Kaminsky and Ingrid Stoetzel.
November 14-19, 2017. MusiQuest National Piano Festival of India. 88squared: performance at Adjudicators Concert, workshop, and adjudicators for Ensemble Division. academyofmusicpune.com/MQ/2017/musiquest2017postfest.html
October 12, 2017, 8pm. Karen Savage, piano; Chris Dickey, tuba. WSU Faculty Artist Series: Hidden Gems for Tuba and Piano, Bryan Hall Theatre.
September 26, 2017, 8pm. Karen Savage, piano. Julie Wieck, voice. WSU Faculty Artist Series: We Are America. Bryan Hall Theatre.
June 11, 2017, 6pm. McCall Music Society Second Sundays at Six, Community Congregational Church, 901 N. 1st St, McCall, Idaho. Karen Savage, piano; Ann Yasinitsky, flute.
June 9, 2017, 7:30pm. Wuhan Conservatory, China. Jeffrey Savage, soloist, Liszt's Totentanz, conducted by Danh Pham. Jeffrey Savage piano masterclass with Wuhan Conservatory students
May 12, 2017, 7 pm, Ho Chih Minh City Conservatory Concert Hall, Vietnam. Featuring the Asian Premiere of Daniel Ott's Fantasy on a Falling Line and works by Saint-Saens, Liebermann, and Hirtz.
May 5, 2017, 7 pm, Portland Piano Company, 711 SW 14th Ave, Portland, OR. Featuring the West Coast Premiere of Daniel Ott's Fantasy on a Falling Line and works by Saint-Saens, Liebermann, and Hirtz.
April 5, 2017, 7:30 pm, Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, 12th floor lounge, 113 W. 60th Street, NYC. Featuring the world premiere of Daniel Ott's Fantasy on a Falling Line and works by Saint-Saens, Liebermann, and Hirtz.
January 29, 2017, 3 pm, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 9. Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G Minor. Karen Savage, Spokane String Quartet: Mateusz Wolski (first violin), Amanda Howard-Phillips(second violin), Jeannette Wee-Yang (viola), Helen Byrne (cello)
June 26-July 1, 2016 WSU Summer Keyboard Explorations, Pullman, WA
April 8-9, 2016, Beethoven Sonatas Recital, Workshop, and Masterclass with Jeffrey Savage, Kitsap Music Teachers Association, WA.
March 1, 2016, 8 pm, Bryan Hall Theatre. Martin King, horn 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
February 2, 2016, 8 pm, Bryan Hall Theatre. Sarah Miller, trombone and Karen Savage, piano
January 29, 2016, 8 pm, Bryan Hall Theatre. Cantiamo! WSU Faculty Voice Ensemble with Karen Savage
January 16. 2016. Snohomish County Music Teachers Association YAMS Workshop, Everett, WA. Karen Savage
Nov. 7, 2015, 10 am. Illinois State Music Teachers Association Conference, Piano Duo Masterclass
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.
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.
October 17, 2015, 10am. Snohomish County Music Teachers Association YAMS Workshop, Everett, WA. Karen Savage
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.
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)
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)