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Sarah Peire (Soprano)

Born: Bruges, Belgium

The Belgian soprano, Sarah Peire, was born in Bruges, where, as the daughter of the conductor Patrick Peire, she grew up surrounded by music form an early age. Her formal musical education began when she was very young with theory lessons and piano studies at the Music Academy in Ostend. After leaving school she studied Psychology at Ghent University where she took her degree in 1997. She then studied singing at the Lemmensinstituut in Louvain with Lieve Vanhaverbeke and Ann Willems and in 2001 obtained her Master of Music degree, specialising in singing, with Distinction. In 2003 she went on to take a Master of Music degree specialising in chamber music as part of a duo with Jimmy Quintens obtaining Highest Distinction. Since then she has followed master-classes with Rachel Ann Morgan, Martyn Hill, Zeger Vandersteene and Axel Everaert. She also studied with Yva Barthélémy, her singing coach in Paris and is a graduated teacher of the Barthélémy method.

Sarah Peire has often appeared as a soloist with the Capella Brugensis (Director: Patrick Peire) of which she was a member and is also much in demand as soprano soloist with a number of other ensembles.

Sarah Peire's Her repertoire extends from baroque to contemporary music and includes, inter alia, the Passions and Cantatas of J.S. Bach, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, W.A. Mozart’s Requiem, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, George Frideric Handel's Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Vespro della beata virgine, Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saëns, in addition to the concert arias of W.A. Mozart and Rossini and the role of Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and Dido in Dido and Aeneas by H. Purcell. She also likes to sing operette, chamber music and art songs and gives special attention to the music of female composers.

In 2006 Sarah Peire recorded her solo-CD: Fly Swift (together with Jimmy Quintens and Bart Naessens).

Under the name “Muzaïque Vocale” Sarah Peire works closely with the pianists Jimmy Quintens and Frederik Martens, harpist Hanna Grociak, oboist Dymphna Vandenabeele, harpsichord player Dimos de Beun and the Woodwind Quintet Amarant with whom she has given a number of concerts.

Sarah Peire is at present a lecturer and supervisor of practical training at the Ghent Conservatory. She is the voice teacher in the Department of Music Therapy at the Lemmensinstituut, Louvain and is a singing teacher at the Bruges Conservatory.

Source: Sarah Peire Website; Photos 01-04 Peter De Bruyne
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2016)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Ludo Claesen & Ignaca Thevelein


Vidio (2011): BWV 111, BWV 64

Links to other Sites

Sarah Peire (Official Website) [Dutch/English]
Sarah Peire on Facebook


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