Aleksandra Kasman

Aleksandra Kasman, photo by Dasha Dare
                                                                                                                                                                                                        photo by Dasha Dare

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Praised by Italian press for her “rock solid technique” and “singing every sentence with an expressive logic of extraordinary maturity”, Russian-American pianist Aleksandra (Sasha) Kasman has performed in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in the USA, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, France, and Japan. She is a prizewinner of national and international competitions, including the first prize and audience award of the III Premio Roberto Melini (Italy), first prizes at the NFMC National Collegiate Piano Competition, High Point University Inaugural Piano Competition and IKIF MacKenzie International Competition in New York, and top prizes at the VIII International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz (Ukraine) and Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition.Sasha began studying piano at age six with her mother Tatiana and later continued studies with her father, 1997 Van Cliburn Competition silver medalist Yakov Kasman. In 2017, she received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham under the guidance of Yakov Kasman. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in piano performance at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Robert McDonald.Sasha made her concerto debut at age thirteen with the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, and has since soloed with the Alabama Symphony, LaGrange Symphony, Southern Adventist University Symphony Orchestra, and played six concertos with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. With her father, Sasha played Saint-Saens’s "Carnival of Animals" with the Brevard Symphony (FL),  the New York Chamber Players, and the Hendersonville Symphony (NC). Among her recent engagements are a four-city solo recital tour in Northern Italy, performances in New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard’s Paul Hall, Roncegno and Riva del Garda (Italy), and St.Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, as well as duo-piano performances with Yakov Kasman across the USA, Russia, and South Korea. Highlights of Sasha’s 2018 calendar include appearances in Boca Raton, FL, Columbia,SC (as a guest artist at the Southeastern Piano Festival), composition premieres and chamber music performances at Juilliard, and three more returns to Italy for solo, chamber, and concerto performances.Sasha is passionate about classical music outreach; she served as Vice-President for UAB’s Music Notes for the Soul and has lectured and performed at numerous national honors conferences. She has taught masterclasses at Lee University in Tennessee and at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. A winner of the prestigious Edmund Assaly Memorial Fund scholarship and PianoArts Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, Sasha has completed three consecutive teaching and performing tours for the organization, focusing on working with children in schools and community establishments. In her 
March 2018 PianoArts tour, Sasha appeared in sixteen engagements over the span of eight days. Apart from music, Sasha enjoys studying French and ballet.
Praised by Italian press for her “rock solid technique” and “singing every sentence with an expressive logic of extraordinary maturity”, Russian-American pianist Aleksandra (Sasha) Kasman has performed in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in the USA, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, France, and Japan. She is a prizewinner of national and international competitions, including the first prize and audience award of the III Premio Roberto Melini (Italy), first prizes at the NFMC National Collegiate Piano Competition, High Point University Inaugural Piano Competition and IKIF MacKenzie International Competition in New York, and top prizes at the VIII International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz (Ukraine) and Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition.Sasha began studying piano at age six with her mother Tatiana and later continued studies with her father, 1997 Van Cliburn Competition silver medalist Yakov Kasman. In 2017, she received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham under the guidance of Yakov Kasman. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in piano performance at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Robert McDonald.Sasha made her concerto debut at age thirteen with the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, and has since soloed with the Alabama Symphony, LaGrange Symphony, Southern Adventist University Symphony Orchestra, and played six concertos with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. With her father, Sasha played Saint-Saens’s "Carnival of Animals" with the Brevard Symphony (FL),  the New York Chamber Players, and the Hendersonville Symphony (NC). Among her recent engagements are a four-city solo recital tour in Northern Italy, performances in New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard’s Paul Hall, Roncegno and Riva del Garda (Italy), and St.Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, as well as duo-piano performances with Yakov Kasman across the USA, Russia, and South Korea. Highlights of Sasha’s 2018 calendar include appearances in Boca Raton, FL, Columbia,SC (as a guest artist at the Southeastern Piano Festival), composition premieres and chamber music performances at Juilliard, and three more returns to Italy for solo, chamber, and concerto performances.Sasha is passionate about classical music outreach; she served as Vice-President for UAB’s Music Notes for the Soul and has lectured and performed at numerous national honors conferences. She has taught masterclasses at Lee University in Tennessee and at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. A winner of the prestigious Edmund Assaly Memorial Fund scholarship and PianoArts Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, Sasha has completed three consecutive teaching and performing tours for the organization, focusing on working with children in schools and community establishments. In her 
March 2018 PianoArts tour, Sasha appeared in sixteen engagements over the span of eight days. Apart from music, Sasha enjoys studying French and ballet.
Praised by Italian press for her “rock solid technique” and “singing every sentence with an expressive logic of extraordinary maturity”, Russian-American pianist Aleksandra (Sasha) Kasman has performed in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in the USA, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, France, and Japan. She is a prizewinner of national and international competitions, including the first prize and audience award of the III Premio Roberto Melini (Italy), first prizes at the NFMC National Collegiate Piano Competition, High Point University Inaugural Piano Competition and IKIF MacKenzie International Competition in New York, and top prizes at the VIII International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz (Ukraine) and Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition.

Sasha began studying piano at age six with her mother Tatiana and later continued studies with her father, 1997 Van Cliburn Competition silver medalist Yakov Kasman. In 2017, she received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham under the guidance of Yakov Kasman. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in piano performance at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Robert McDonald.

Sasha made her concerto debut at age thirteen with the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, and has since soloed with the Alabama Symphony, LaGrange Symphony, Southern Adventist University Symphony Orchestra, and played six concertos with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. With her father, Sasha played Saint-Saens’s "Carnival of Animals" with the Brevard Symphony (FL),  the New York Chamber Players, and the Hendersonville Symphony (NC). Among her recent engagements are a four-city solo recital tour in Northern Italy, performances in New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard’s Paul Hall, Roncegno and Riva del Garda (Italy), and St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, as well as duo-piano performances with Yakov Kasman across the USA, Russia, and South Korea. 

Highlights of Sasha’s 2018 calendar include appearances in Boca Raton, FL, Columbia, SC (as a guest artist at the Southeastern Piano Festival), composition premieres and chamber music performances at Juilliard, and three more returns to Italy for solo, chamber, and concerto performances.

Sasha is passionate about classical music outreach; she served as Vice-President for UAB’s Music Notes for the Soul and has lectured and performed at numerous national honors conferences. She has taught masterclasses at Lee University in Tennessee and at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. A winner of the prestigious Edmund Assaly Memorial Fund scholarship and PianoArts Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, Sasha has completed three consecutive teaching and performing tours for the organization, focusing on working with children in schools and community establishments. In her March 2018 PianoArts tour, Sasha appeared in sixteen engagements over the span of eight days. Apart from music, Sasha enjoys studying French and ballet. 

Praised by Italian press for her “rock solid technique” and “singing every sentence with an expressive logic of extraordinary maturity”, Russian-American pianist Aleksandra (Sasha) Kasman has performed in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in the USA, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, France, and Japan. She is a prizewinner of national and international competitions, including the first prize and audience award of the III Premio Roberto Melini (Italy), first prizes at the NFMC National Collegiate Piano Competition, High Point University Inaugural Piano Competition and IKIF MacKenzie International Competition in New York, and top prizes at the VIII International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz (Ukraine) and Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition.


Sasha began studying piano at age six with her mother Tatiana and later continued studies with her father, 1997 Van Cliburn Competition silver medalist Yakov Kasman. In 2017, she received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham under the guidance of Yakov Kasman. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in piano performance at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Robert McDonald.


Sasha made her concerto debut at age thirteen with the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, and has since soloed with the Alabama Symphony, LaGrange Symphony, Southern Adventist University Symphony Orchestra, and played six concertos with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. With her father, Sasha played Saint-Saens’s "Carnival of Animals" with the Brevard Symphony (FL), the New York Chamber Players, and the Hendersonville Symphony (NC). Among her recent engagements are a four-city solo recital tour in Northern Italy, performances in New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard’s Paul Hall, Roncegno and Riva del Garda (Italy), and St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, as well as duo-piano performances with Yakov Kasman across the USA, Russia, and South Korea.


Highlights of Sasha’s 2018 calendar include appearances in Boca Raton, FL, Columbia, SC (as a guest artist at the Southeastern Piano Festival), composition premieres and chamber music performances at Juilliard, and three more returns to Italy for solo, chamber, and concerto performances.


Sasha is passionate about classical music outreach; she served as Vice-President for UAB’s Music Notes for the Soul and has lectured and performed at numerous national honors conferences. She has taught masterclasses at Lee University in Tennessee and at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. A winner of the prestigious Edmund Assaly Memorial Fund scholarship and PianoArts Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, Sasha has completed three consecutive teaching and performing tours for the organization, focusing on working with children in schools and community establishments. In her March 2018 PianoArts tour, Sasha appeared in sixteen engagements over the span of eight days. Apart from music, Sasha enjoys studying French and ballet.




Sasha's concerto repertoire:


W. A. Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488

L. van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58

F. Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11

F. Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21

C. Saint-Saens, "Carnival of the Animals" for two pianos and orchestra

S. Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

S. Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

B. Bartok, Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Major

S. Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No.1 in D flat Major, Op. 10                                                                





Events:

2018

July 2, Baselga di Pine, Italy
Premio Roberto Melini Competition, 
opening solo recital

June 28, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italy
IAM Festival
solo recital

June 17-24, Columbia, SC
Southeastern Piano Festival
featured alumni guest artist

May 27, Genova, Italy
Teatro Carlo Felice
solo recital

May 20, Milano, Italy
Piano Center, via Marina
solo recital

May 18, Bagno a Ripoli, Italy
 S. Lorenzo, a Vicchio di Rimaggio
Associazione Amici di Vicchio di Rimaggio
solo recital


April 23, New York, NY
Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall
Marc Migo, Concerto for violin, piano, and orchestra, II. Nocturne

April 21, Roca Baton, FL
Steinway Piano Gallery, Piano Lovers of South Florida
solo recital: works by Mozart, Ravel, and Medtner

March 1-11, Milwaukee, WI
PianoArts Fellowship tour

January, 21, Rovereto, Italy
Casa Mozart
solo recital: works by Haydn, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Prokofiev

January 19, Trento, Italy
solo recital: works by Mozart, Taneyev, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev

January 17, Cremona, Italy
Stanza del Pensiero
solo recital: Haydn, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Prokofiev

January 14, Porto Recanati, Italy
L'Altra Stagione. Concerti di Musica Classica con guida all'ascolto e Spettacoli di Musica e Parole. III Edizione
solo recital: works by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Taneyev, and Myaskovsky

2017
November 18, New York, NY
400 W 43rd street
solo recital: works by Prokofiev, Myaskovsky, and Marc Migo

September 16, Riva Del Garda, Italy
Auditorium Del Conservatorio
solo recital: works by Medtner, Taneyev, and Prokofiev

July 31, Roncegno, Italy
solo recital: works by Medtner, Taneyev, Scriabin, Prokofiev, and Myaskovsky

July 6, Kiev, Ukraine
St. Sophia Cathedral
solo recital: works by Medtner, Taneyev, Scriabin, Prokofiev, and Myaskovsky

May 21, Huntsville, AL
Lindberg Farm Concerts
solo works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Myaskovsky, 
and Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2, I. Allegro non troppo

May 19, Las Vegas, Nevada
Christ Episcopal Church Concert Series
solo recital: works by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Myaskovsky, and Prokofiev

May 2-15, Milwaukee, WI
PianoArts Fellowship tour

April 20, Birmingham, AL
UAB Department of Music
YPAP senior recital
solo works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Myaskovsky, 
and Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2, I. Allegro non troppo

April 4, Montevallo, AL
University of Montevallo
Duo Piano recital, Aleksandra and Yakov Kasman,
Hindemith, Sonata for Four Hands, Medtner, two pieces for two pianos,
and Rachmaninoff, Symphonic Dances

March 28, Birmingham, AL
UAB Department of Music
Eric Mobley senior composition/piano recital
(including Suite for Four Hands with Aleksandra Kasman)

March 21, Birmingham, AL
UAB Department of Music
Marta Piroșcă Senior Flute Recital
with pianists Aleksandra Kasman and Mira Walker, cellist Michelle Cheng, 
and percussionist Andrew Bullard

2016
July 14, Kiev, Ukraine,
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Yuriy Litun, conductor
S, Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3

May 29, Huntsville, AL
Lindberg Farm Concerts
F. Liszt, Piano Concerto No.1, Dina Kasman
S. Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3, Aleksandra Kasman
Orchestra reduction: Yakov Kasman

May 22, Madison, AL
Messiah Lutheran Church, 4:00 pm
"Music at Messiah" Classical Concert Series
recital. works by Bach, Mozart, Medtner, and Taneyev

May 15, New York, NY
400 W 43rd street, 6:30 pm
recital, works by N. Medtner and S. Taneyev

May 3-12, Milwaukee, WI
PianoArts Fellowship tour

April 21, Birmingham, AL
UAB Department of Music 
junior recital, 
solo works by N. Medtner and Piano Concerto No. 3 by S. Rachmaninoff

April 13, McCalla, AL
AFMC club meeting,
recital

April 11, High Point, NC
High Point University
recital, works by N. Medtner and S. Taneyev

April 6, Birmingham, AL
UAB Department of Music
Works by Telemann, Prokofiev, Griffes, and Doppler
Marta Pirosca, flute, Eliiza Pirosca Warden, violin, and Aleksandra Kasman, piano

April 1, Orlando, FL
2016 Conference of the Southern Regional Honors Council
Presentation about Nikolai Medtner

February 27, Birmingham, AL
14th Annual UAB Clarinet Symposium,
Brahms, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano Op. 120, No. 1
Lauren Miller, clarinet, and Aleksandra Kasman, piano

January 31, Chattanooga, TN
Collegedale Church of Seventh-Day Adventists,
Southern Adventist University Orchestra, Laurie Redmer Minner, conductor
S. Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3, I. Allegro ma non tanto

2015 
December 16, Birmingham, AL
Oak Grove High School,
Trios by contemporary American composers
James Zingara, trumpet, Denise Gainey, clarinet, Aleksandra Kasman, piano

November 11-15, Chicago, IL
National University Honors Program Conference, 
presentation and performance

October 30, Cleveland, TN

Lee University
Works for four hands and two pianos by Hindemith, Medtner and Rachmaninoff
Duo Piano recital with Yakov Kasman

October 18, Fairhope, AL
Saint-James Episcopal Church concert series
recital

September 12, Birmingham, AL
AFMC Fall Board Meeting,
solo recital
Riva Del Garda (tn) Auditorium Del Conservatoril
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Riva Del Garda (tn) Auditorium Del Conservatoril
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