Only fifteen years old, young
pianist and composer Sasha Voinov already wowed audiences of Pittsburgh, Erie,
and beyond with his spiritedly performances, and was dubbed as “stunning”, “irresistible”, “exuberant true
virtuoso with impeccable technique” and “a fantastic showman full of vitality
and humor." A winner of multiple
local, regional, national and international piano and composition competitions,
by the age of twelve Sasha had his debut with a professional orchestra,
composed two dozen original compositions and songs, including his first Piano
Concerto for piano and Symphony orchestra, performed in live radio broadcasts,
and in various public concerts, including solo performances.
Born in England to Russian
parents, Sasha was brought to the United States when he was just one year
old. He’s been living in Pittsburgh
since he was two. Sasha started playing
piano when he was five. Very soon his piano teacher introduced him to music
theory and composition after discovering that Sasha has a perfect pitch, and
not only can play well, but make music, too!
In the first four years of his music studies,
Sasha earned three Golden Cups for his performances in solo and theory events of
the National Federation of Music Clubs. At the age of eight,
Sasha’s catchy ragtime composition, Master Rag, won first places in
Pennsylvania and the Northwest Region, and the second place in the
In 2007 Sasha joined the City
Music Center of Duquesne University, where he currently studies piano with
Natasha Snitkovsky, music theory and composition with David Cutler, as well as
music technology. In 2008, Sasha won the Duquesne Young Artist National
Competition for his piano performance.
The same year, he earned an honorable mention among the finalists at the
23rd International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington,
D.C. When he was only eleven, Sasha
became a winner of the 2009 Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Auditions. In early 2010, he won the Duquesne Young
Artist National Piano Competition, 13-15 year old division, while being only
twelve years old, then in 2011 he followed to win the 16-18 year old division
at the age of thirteen. In 2012 Sasha became the winner of the 2012
International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Sasha’s numerous public
appearances include live performances and interviews on NPR, WQED-TV and
WQED-FM, SLB Radio and Q92.9fm, performances at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh
Symphony Orchestra, and solo concerts for Pittsburgh Symphony North and various
businesses and organizations. The
highlight of his 2009-2010 season was Sasha’s debut with a professional
orchestra, when at the age of twelve Sasha was featured as a special guest
playing with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra and its Music Director Daniel
Meyer in the Holiday Pops concert series in Erie and Meadville. The encore of
that performance was his own piano composition Variations on Jingle Bells
that Sasha wrote for these concerts. Since
then, Sasha performed in over a dozen concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony, and at
several other venues.
Sasha likes improvising
and composing music in different styles – on violin, piano
and keyboard—, as well as writing songs.
To date, Sasha composed about three dozen original compositions and
songs, including his two Piano Concertos for piano and Symphony orchestra. In 2010, his composition the Piano Quintet in
three movements was included in the program of the 2010 Advanced Chamber Music
Festival in Pittsburgh, PA. The same year Sasha released his first CD featuring
his original compositions and variations on famous themes. In 2011 his composition, The Storm Etude, won the Vox Novus 15 Minutes of Fame Composers Contest
and was performed at the 2011 Composer's Voice concert.
Sasha is enrolled in tenth grade
at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.
Besides music, Sasha enjoys playing computer games, chess, reading,
making comic books, swimming, playing tennis, soccer and other sports. To learn more about Sasha and his music,
visit his web site at www.sashavoinov.com.