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Sasha Valeri Millwood

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Millwood is an accomplished professional pianist, highly experienced as a soloist, accompanist, and classical improviser. He has 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 Millwood has performed include the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall (Royal College of Music, London), the Wigmore Hall (London), Blüthner Showrooms (London), West Road Concert Hall (Cambridge) and several Cambridge Colleges, including Queens’, King’s, St John’s, St Catharine’s, and Girton.

Millwood started “tinkling the ivories” (not made of real ivory) as a toddler, and attained ABRSM Grade 8 whilst still at primary school. In 2003, he took up a place at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, where he studied pianoforte with Emily Jeffrey and Helen Leek, during which time he developed a diverse repertoire, from Bach and Scarlatti to his own compositions and pieces written for him by other living composers, and (in 2008) made his Wigmore Hall début. His contribution to the performance of student compositions elicited the Constance Poupard Prize upon his concluding his studies in 2010. Whilst an undergraduate at Cambridge, where his pianoforte teacher was Matthew Schellhorn, Millwood won (in 2010) the Girton College performance scholarship and (in 2013) the Alkan competition (hosted by Fitzwilliam College).

Millwood’s undergraduate years also saw him, through his studies for the Advanced Keyboard Skills paper and his involvement with numerous concert projects, developing proficiency in and performing on other keyboard instruments, including harpsichord, chamber organ, and harmonium. He also had the privilege of performing with the distinguished musicians associated with Girton College, including the tenors Nicholas Mulroy and Andrew Kennedy. After his undergraduate studies, Millwood spent two years undertaking specialist studies in classical improvisation with Dr David Dolan.

Millwood has undertaken masterclasses with Ian Jones, Simon Lepper, John Reid, Mateusz Borowiak, Richard Goode, and Robert Levin.
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