About

Saale Fischer (1979) is an Estonian harpsichordist, music educator and author.

She began playing piano at the age of 6. Additionally, she took up harpsichord. After graduating from Tallinn Techincal University (BA, 2005) she furthered her studies in early music and harpsichord at Tallinn Georg Ots Music School (teacher Reinut Tepp), Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (BA in 2007, prof. Imbi Tarum) and at the Musikhochschule Trossingen in Germany (MA in 2010, prof. Marieke Spaans). She has taken part in several master classes for harpsichord and chamber music with Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Jaques Ogg, Miklós Spanyi, Blandine Verlet and Ketil Haugsand, and obtained private tutoring in organ playing with Dr. Eberhard Schulz in Germany.

In 2006, Saale participated in the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig and in 2007 she was awarded the 2nd prize at the Dietrich Buxtehude Competition in Tallinn.

Since 2007, Saale has primarily worked as a freelance harpsichordist, both as a soloist and a continuo-player, performing in numerous choral, orchestral and chamber music projects.

In addition, she has also served as an organist in Catholic and Protestant churches in Germany and Egypt (2007-2013), been a pre-school music educator at Montessori Kindergarten „Kompass“ in Cairo (2011-2014), and initiated a musical playgroup for Estonian-speaking children in greater Cairo (2011-2014).

In 2014, she returned to her native town Tallinn. Presently, Saale is a Ph.D. student at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. She teaches piano at Tallinn European School and performs as a soloist and continuo-player (harpsichord, organ, fortepiano) with baroque ensemble Floridante which she co-founded in 2014.

Since its foundation, Ensemble Floridante has quickly gained a prominent position in the Estonian early/classical music scene. „The Sunshine in the Estonian baroque sky“ and „Masters of the early music“ has declared Estonian major cultural magazine „Sirp“ in their reviews regarding Floridante.

Having taken a mission to improve audience awareness of early repertoire in Estonia, Floridante has literally performed music from Monteverdi to Mozart and participated in numerous Estonian festivals (Haapsalu Early Music Festival; Türi Spring Festival, Viljandi Early Music Festival; Glasperlenspiel Festival; Tallinn Music Week, Pühalepa Music Festival etc), major concert halls Estonia (Tallinn) and Vanemuine (Tartu), and several concert series. Floridante was also selected to perform Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht Fringe (2015, 2016) and MA Festival Brugges Fringe (2016) and has given concerts in Latvia and Russia.

In addition to active musicking, Saale is regularly writing for Estonian music press. She is the author of the book „My Cairo“ (Petrone Print, 2014), and a co-editor of „The Contemporary Harpsichordist“ (Bellmann Musik, 2014).

Saale has been awarded scholarships from Nordic Council of Ministers and Estonian Cultural Endowment.

Interview with Saale Fischer. Anne Prommik. 25.02.2014 Estonian National Broadcasting ERR /Klassikaraadio (in Estonian).