Alaskan pianist Sasha Bult-Ito has appeared as soloist with orchestras in both the United States and Europe. She made her orchestral solo debut with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra at age seven after winning the Fairbanks Symphony Concerto Competition, of which she was a rare, three-time first-place laureate. Most recently, Sasha performed in Koerner Hall as a finalist of the Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition. She was also a semifinalist of the 2015 International e-Piano Junior and Fourteenth Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competitions.
Recent performances include Dohnányi and Vasks Piano Quartets and Chausson Piano Trio at the Scotia Festival of Music, Beethoven Sonata Op. 81a at the Southeastern Piano Festival, Schumann Sonata in F-sharp minor at the John Perry Academy Summer Piano Festival, and Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 with the Brunensis Virtuosi Orchestra under the baton of Danwen Wei at MusicFest Perugia in Italy. She also participates in the Internationaler Klaviersommer Cochem Meisterkurs in Germany, and served on the Young Jury for the 2018 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition in South Carolina.
Sasha has appeared on stages in numerous parts of North America and Europe, and has given over two dozen solo recitals of differing programs in the past eight years. She has performed in masterclasses by such notable artists as John O’Conor, Nelita True, Boris Slutsky, Alexander Kobrin, Jonathan Biss, and Matti Raekallio.
Apart from her love of the piano’s vast solo repertoire, Sasha has an immense interest in chamber music. The Ezra Duo, founded with violist Jacob Clewell, are first-prize winners of the Golden Classical Music Awards, Grand Prize Virtuoso, The Great Composers Competition: Art of Chamber MusicandThe Music of America, and IMKA Music Competitions, earning invitations to perform in New York, Vienna, and Sarajevo. The duo has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York, Toronto’s Koerner and Mazzoleni Halls, the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, and Sir James Dunn Theatre in Halifax, and has performed in masterclasses by distinguished artists including legendary pianist Leon Fleisher and violists Richard O’Neill and Hsin-Yun Huang. Most recently, they participated in the Città di Pinerolo e Torino – Città Metropolitana International Chamber Music Competition in Italy in March of 2018.
Upcoming performances include solo recitals in Canada and the United States, concerts with the Ezra Duo in Canada and in a tour of the southern United States, as well as participation in summer festivals across the world.
Beginning her piano studies at age four with her mother, Sasha attended the Interlochen Arts Academy for high school where she was a student of Thomas Lymenstull. She is currently studying under the direction of John Perry and David Louie at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where she is a full scholarship recipient.
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