Kathleen Tagg

Piano | Young Artist Coach

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Kathleen Tagg is a South African pianist, composer and producer who has lived in New York since 2001.

She has performed on four continents in leading venues such as Carnegie Hall, performed her original music at venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center and had her work released on record labels NAXOS, Universal, Table Pounding Records and Gallo Africa. A 2014 South African Music Awards nominee for best classical album, she has performed on four continents with a host of leading musicians. Her NAXOS recording of the songs of Jake Heggie with American soprano Regina Zona was released in 2014, and she is currently working on recording a new electro-acoustic project, Breath and Hammer, with duo partner, Grammy-nominated clarinetist David Krakauer. 

Kathleen has premiered countless works and holds the Helen Cohn Award as outstanding doctoral graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where she also taught for four years, as well as degrees from Mannes College and the University of Cape Town. Her recordings and arrangements have been featured in film and television, and she has performed live recitals on WGBH and WQXR. She was a fellow of the Dramatist Guild of America and her musical, Erika’s Wall, co-written with Sophie Jaff, was produced by The Music Theater Company of Chicago.