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Sarah Cahill

The Future is Female

The Future is Female is an investigation and reframing of the piano literature featuring more than 70 compositions by women around the globe, from the Baroque to the present day, including new commissioned works. This flexible program is available as an evening-length recital performance or as a marathon performance and is ideal for concert halls, museums, and gallery spaces. The marathon performance duration is between four to seven hours, allowing audience members to sit and listen for any length of time, with the ability to come and go, as well as the ability to walk around the space.

Featured composers include Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Maria de Alvear, Galina Ustvolskaya, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Florence Price, Hannah Kendall, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Kui Dong, Meredith Monk, Vítězslava Kaprálová, Tania León, Fannie Charles Dillon, and many others.

In conjunction with The Future is Female, Sarah offers online sessions to work with faculty and students about these composers and their music. Sessions can include lectures and demonstrations as well as "blind listening" workshops during which Sarah plays works by both men and women without identifying the composers, and talks with participants about what we conceive as gender in music, as a way to confront our implicit biases. She has also compiled a curated database of solo piano music by women composers through history, which she can share with university/conservatory piano departments. Sarah hopes that students integrate music by women into their repertoire, so that female composers will be heard more often in concert halls.

The Future is Female - full repertoire list >

Compositions written for Sarah by living composers >


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“A sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde”

– The New York Times

“Through her inspired interpretation of works across the 20th and 21st centuries, Cahill has been instrumental in bringing to life the music of many of our greatest living composers.”

– Keyboard Magazine

“As tenacious and committed an advocate as any composer could dream of” 

– San Francisco Chronicle

The Future is Female was truly a treat: a trip through time and place through a wonderful variety of classical styles.”

 – Chatham Lifestyle


“There's something invitingly contemporary about it, a vital complement to preservation for the vitality of classical piano music”

– Indy Week

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