Only seventeen 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 recitals.
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 National Junior Composers Contest.
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, and was invited to return there as a guest artist in 2013. He was also a laureate of the 2012 Cooper International Piano Competition, in Oberlin, OH, as well as a guest performer at the 2013 Cooper International Festival. Sasha was named the 2013-2014 Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Emerging Artist. In 2014 he was a music director/coach for Chautauqua Music Camps, and had a word premiere of his Chautauqua Waltz composition for strings. He organized and performed at the Pittsburgh Community Outreach Recital, performed at the Pittsburgh Concert Society Rising Stars Concert, and had a live performance and interview on the WQED-FM Morning Show.
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, as well as solo concerts. 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, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and at several other venues. In 2013, he performed Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3 with the Northeastern PA Philharmonic and its Music Director Lawrence Loh.
Sasha likes improvising and composing music in different styles on violin, piano and keyboard, writing songs and creating soundtracks. To date, Sasha composed over three dozen original compositions and songs, including his two Piano Concertos for piano and Symphony orchestra, and an orchestral suite. 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. In 2012, Erie Philharmonic commissioned him an orchestral suite for its 100th anniversary season. The Erie Suite was performed at the 2013 Holiday Pops concert series in Erie and Meadville, PA. Sasha currently leads and coaches several chamber music groups in the Pittsburgh area, including a trio and a string quartet that also perform his compositions.
Sasha is a senior at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. Besides music, Sasha enjoys math and science, playing computer games, chess, reading, playing tennis, soccer and other sports. To learn more about Sasha and his music, please visit his web site at www.sashavoinov.com.