B I O G R A P H Y

Praised for the “power and vividness” of her playing and commitment to rarely-heard repertoire, pianist Sasha Kasman Laude is in demand as a soloist and teacher with engagements across the USA, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, France,  Germany, South Korea, and Japan. 

 

Mrs. Kasman Laude appears as a guest artist at the invitation of such festivals as International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Utah State University Summer Piano Festival, pianoSonoma, Southeastern Piano Festival, Busan International Music Academy, and PianoCity Milano. She has given solo recitals at major concert venues including Steinway Hall in New York City, Yamaha Ginza Hall in Tokyo, Salle Cortot in Paris, and Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. Mrs. Kasman Laude’s recent international tour featured eleven solo recitals across Italy, where her playing was lauded by the press for its “rock solid technique” and “singing every sentence with an expressive logic of extraordinary maturity.” 

 

Mrs. Kasman Laude made her concerto debut at age thirteen, performing Mozart with the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine and the Alabama Symphony. She has since worked with numerous orchestras in the USA and abroad. Mrs. Kasman Laude enjoys a longstanding collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, having performed seven different concertos with the ensemble. In 2018, Mrs. Kasman Laude premiered Marc Migo’s Double Concerto for Piano and Violin with the Juilliard Orchestra in New York’s Alice Tully Hall. She is an advocate and experienced performer of contemporary music, premiering works of Nathan Daughtrey, Zachary Detrick, and Eric Mobley (including a recent full recital of Mobley’s music)

 

Mrs. Kasman Laude is first- and top-prizewinner of numerous international competitions (Premio Melini, Charles Wadsworth, Seattle, Wideman, National Federation of Music Clubs, Horowitz, and others) and holds Artist-in-Residence positions at NPR’s Performance Today, PianoArts, and pianoSonoma. Her past season included a debut with the Dayton Philharmonic performing Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 and a Performance Today tour with violinist Blake Pouliot.

 

Mrs. Kasman Laude is a Rackham doctoral candidate in the studio of Logan Skelton and Graduate Student Instructor at the SMTD of the University of Michigan. She holds an M.M. degree from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert McDonald and served as a Teaching Fellow and Gluck Fellow. Mrs. Kasman Laude received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she studied with her father and duo partner Yakov Kasman.

 

A native of Moscow, Mrs. Kasman Laude began her musical studies with her parents, acclaimed pianists and pedagogues Yakov and Tatiana Kasman. Mrs. Kasman Laude is a dedicated music teacher herself; in addition to maintaining a private studio, she has given masterclasses at Lee University, Utah State University, and Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and lectured at Bowling Green State University as well as judged the school-wide concerto competition. She is a proud alumna of PianoArts’ Fellow program, having given close to a hundred educational performances in the Milwaukee area for children and adults. Mrs. Kasman Laude teaches in English, Russian, and French. In her leisure time, she enjoys playing chess and transcribing Soviet film music.

 

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