Alexander Boldachev (Russia/Switzerland)Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(2 hrs. approximate run time)
Sponsored by The American Harp Society, Inc., the Pittsburgh Chapter of the AHS is excited to present Sasha Boldachev in concert a solo harp recital. Sasha will be performing on both pedal harp and the new Salvi Delta electric harp in a program with repertoire ranging from Adele to Bach and Chopin to Nirvana.
Alexander Boldachev is an internationally recognized Russian-Swiss harpist, composer, and teacher. An official artist for Salvi Harps, he recently performed onstage in the new ballet, Nureyev, at the Bolshoi Theatre. Sasha graduated from a special lyceum for talented musicians in St. Petersburg (Russia) and the Zurich University of the Arts (Switzerland) with bachelor’s, master’s and specialist’s degrees. He is the recipient of the Prize for Culture by the European Cultural Foundation “Pro Europa,” and has won prizes in more than 10 international competitions both as a harpist and composer.
Sasha has two solo albums, “Harp as an Orchestra” and “From Russia with Harp” as well as several chamber music albums and music videos.
Alexander Boldachev was born in St. Petersburg in 1990. From an early age, having mastered the piano and the harp, at the age of five years, Alexander began his concert activity and at the same time, he wrote his first work as a composer. In 1996, he became a member of the Children’s Christmas Festival, performing a specially written for him work by Sergei Slonimsky.
Since 1997, he is a student of the Lyceum at the St.Petersburg Conservatory by the class of Harp (Karina Maleeva) and by the class ofcomposition (Svetlana Lavrova). At the age of nine, Alexander starts his international career with a concert with the State Orchestra of Lithuania. During the following years, he became the winner of many international competitions for harp and composition, participated in festivals and international harp congresses and conducted concert activity. Awarded by the prize “British brilliant talent”, “Pro Europa” (“For outstanding talent and contribution to the European art”), and a holder of a fellowship of the Bank “Vontobel” in Switzerland and of the”Banque Populaire” in France.
In 2005, he entered the Graduate School of ArtsZurich (Switzerland), where he received the training from the Bachelor to the graduate student, by the class of Harp (Catherine Michel, Sarah O’Brien), of composition (Mathias Steinauer) and of conducting (Mark Kissoczy).
Today, he is being busy with the concert schedule and giving masterclasses in Russia, Europe, Asia, South and North America, complementing his harp repertoire with his own works and transcriptions for harp. From June 2016, he became an exclusive Artist for SalviHarps.