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Pepsico Recital Hall
Recital by Sasha Boldachev, Offical Artist for Salvi Harps
Alexander (Sasha) Boldachev is a virtuoso harpist, composer and teacher from St. Petersburg, Russia. He started performing and composing at the age of five and began his international career at the age of eight. Sasha has won numerous awards, and has toured worldwide to over 40 countries.
Time & Location
Jan 21, 2018, 3:00 PM
Pepsico Recital Hall, 2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76109, USA
About the event
Alexander Boldachev (Sasha Boldachev) is a virtuoso harpist, composer and teacher.
He was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia in the family of a professor of the Saint Petersburg
State Conservatory Irina Sharapova and a philosopher and futurologist Alexander Boldachev.
As a child, Sasha took up piano and harp. Later, he studied harp (class of Karina Maleeva) and
composition (class of Svetlana Lavrova) in the musical lyceum of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.
He graduated from Zurich Academy of Arts (harp class of Catherine Michel and Sarah O'Brien,
composition class of Mathias Steinauer, conducting class of Marc Kissóczy). During his studies,
he was taking lessons and masterclasses from Xavier de Maistre, Jana Bouskova, Anna
Makarova, Marielle Nordmann, Isabelle Moretti, Natalia Shameeva, Elisabeth Fontan-Binoche,
Susann McDonald, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, and Isabelle Perrin.
Sasha started performing at the age of five. At the same time, he composed his first opuses.
When he was six, a composer Sergei Slonimsky wrote Christmas Chimes especially for
Boldachev. He performed this musical composition at Christmas Festival in Saint Petersburg. His
international career started at the age of eight, when he performed with the Lithuanian State Orchestra.
Boldachev has won more than ten prizes and awards at international harp and composer
contests: British Brilliant Talent (first non-UK prize-winner), ProEuropa (Austria) (for outstanding artistic talent), a holder of fellowships of the Bank Vontobel in Switzerland and of the Banque Populaire in France.
As a composer, he amplifies the harp repertoire by means of arranging. His fantasy to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and arrangement of Rachmaninov’s First Suite to harp and piano are some of the most masterly works for harp. Leading professors noticed that at a very young age Sasha succeeded in expanding technical and expressive potential of harp.
Sasha Boldachev’s discography since now includes several solo and chamber albums. He has
recently recorded Harp as an Orchestra (orchestra melodies of great composers) and From
Russia with Harp (author arrangements of the anthology of fifteen Russian composers from
Alyabiev to Slonimsky).
In 2015 as a member of his group Game of Tones, he won the prize of Swiss Television PrixWalo.
In Russia, Sasha has actively participated in projects of the Moscow and Saint Petersburg
International Houses of Music, and The Spivakov Fund. He was also a participant at various
festivals (Music Olympus, New Names, Mozart Festival) and contests (Young Performers of
Russia, Generation Next, River of Talents).
During his active concert activity, he has been on many tours in more than 40 countries on five
continents, as well as run workshops and performed with the world greatest orchestras.
As a guest soloist, he takes part in important productions of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia run
by maestro Tugan Sokhiev.
Sasha is writing and producing modern-style songs jointly with Eric Racy studio, and he is the
author of music to various theatrical performances and short films.
In 2016, in the USA Boldachev became a jury member in contests organized by American Harp
Society. In Russia, he is a jury member in a contest Nota Bene.
He is an invited soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, exclusive Artist of harp house Salvi
Harps and Lyon&Healy, soloist of group Game of Tones.