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Dr Sasha Valeri Millwood MA (Cantab.) MMus (GSMD) PhD (Glas.)
Dr Sasha Valeri Millwood MA (Cantab.) MMus (GSMD) PhD (Glas.)

Biography

In addition to teaching, I am open to enquiries for performing work (including as an accompanist) and composition commissions.

I am an accomplished professional pianist, highly experienced as a soloist, accompanist, and classical improviser. I have experience of performing in many contexts, from informal background music to full concerts, from the theatre-pit to the most distinguished stages, from solo recitals to concerto appearances, and chamber music. Venues at which I have performed include the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall (Royal College of Music, London), West Road Concert Hall (Cambridge), and the Wigmore Hall (London).

After having attained ABRSM Grade 8 whilst still at primary school, I entered the Royal College of Music Junior Department in 2003, where I studied under Emily Jeffrey and Helen Leek. I developed a diverse repertoire, from Bach and Scarlatti to my own compositions and pieces written for me by other living composers. My contribution to the performance of student compositions elicited the Constance Poupard Prize upon the conclusion of my studies there in 2010.

I then matriculated at Girton College, University of Cambridge, where I read all three parts of the Music Tripos, a broad undergraduate course with a rigorous theoretical focus: elective specialisms undertaken include Fugue (4-hour paper) and Advanced Keyboard Skills. Through my studies for the Advanced Keyboard Skills paper and my involvement with numerous concert projects, I developed proficiency in other keyboard instruments, including harpsichord, chamber organ, and harmonium. I also had the privilege of performing with the distinguished musicians associated with Girton College, including Dr Martin Ennis, Nicholas Mulroy, and Andrew Kennedy. During my undergraduate studies at Cambridge, I was awarded the Girton College Music scholarship (in 2010) and won the Alkan competition (in 2013).

I then commenced (in 2013) postgraduate studies in composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where I seized the opportunity to refine a lexicon for classical improvisation through studies in the Centre for Classical Improvisation and Creative Performance, under Prof. David Dolan and Simon Gilliver. After a year on the postgraduate Interpretation through Improvisation elective (which included a collaborative project with actors), in which I obtained a high distinction, I undertook, by invitation, a further year of advanced studies with Prof. Dolan.

I have undertaken masterclases with Ian Jones, Simon Lepper, John Reid, Mateusz Borowiak, Richard Goode, and Prof. Robert Levin.

Since leaving Guildhall in 2015, I have developed a thriving portfolio career, at the crux of which lies my academic research. I continue to be in demand for performing and teaching in various contexts within and beyond academia, including: giving lectures across three different courses at the University of Glasgow; accompanying examinations and auditions, often sight-reading the part; performing three world premières as a harpsichordist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in a chamber concert; and performing solo and ensemble works as pianist for the London New Wind Festival.

**Composition**

I have written music since 1997, and commenced formal composition lessons, with Clement Power, in 2004. In 2008, I came Highly Commended in both the BBC Proms Young Composersí Competition and the Royal College of Music Junior Departmentís Joan Weller Composition Competition. I was selected for the 2010 National Youth Orchestra Composersí Course, resulting in public performances of two new works written for members of the orchestra. In 2014, my work 'Learning Lines' was premièred at the Wigmore Hall as part of the Voiceworks programme. During my undergraduate years, I was taught composition by Giles Swayne, and fugue by Dr Martin Ennis, attaining the highest mark in my cohort for the four-hour fugue paper (sat in 2013) and in the coursework fugue (sat in 2012). Following my graduation from Cambridge, I commenced studies in composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under Laurence Crane, while also exploring the intersection between composition and performance through my studies in Interpretation through Improvisation with Prof. David Dolan.

Contact Sasha Valeri

Address: Brentwood (near the High Street and Brentwood railway station)
Essex
CM14
Phone: +44 1277 212625
Fee (60 minutes): £36.00

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