ABOUT

Sasha Burdin is a concert and jazz pianist, composer, bandleader, and music educator. He has prepared and presented concert programs in Russia, Europe, and the US.

He holds MM from BGSU, Ohio and Maymonid Moscow State Classical Academy. Sasha is currently completing his doctorate degree in piano performance at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Dr. Uriel Tsachor.

His piano teachers in different years include Naum Shtarkman, Victor Derevianko, Irina Podmetina, Anna Mazarskaya, Elena Petrova, and Thomas Rosenkranz.

A big part of Burdin’s work is dedicated to the legacy of Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951). The aim of this work is to explore and promote music and aesthetic principles of the composer, to bring public awareness and recognition among musicians.
In 2016 he started a collaborative project “Rediscovering Medtner: vocal works +” with Rachel Joselson, soprano, and Scott Conklin, violin. A recording of this project is scheduled for the summer 2017 and to be released in Fall 2017 on Albany Records, NY. The second recording project is dedicated to Medtner’s solo piano works. It is also planned to be finished by summer 2017.
During the 2012-2013 season, Sasha served as the principal pianist for the touring ensemble of the Center for New Music at University of Iowa. Performances included contemporary pieces such as Gerard Grisey's Talea, Laura Schwendinger's C’e la luna questa sera?, and John Aylward's Functions of Consciousness.

In 2014 with other members of Ephawk Quartet he performed Olivier Messiaen's “Quatuor pour la fin du temps”. The concert tour in western Iowa has gained a considerable resonance. The performance at Council Bluffs was regarded as “miraculous” in local media outlets.

In the summer of 2014 Sasha Burdin has served as a fellow at Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA.

In 2015 Sasha and his colleagues Thiago Ancelmo, clarinet, and Andrew Uhe, violin have formed Nashat Trio. The ensemble performed works By Bartok, Milhaud, Khachaturian and Shostakovich. They held public performances at Laredo Music Festival 2016, Laredo Texas, Chapel Auditorium at Iowa Wesleyan University, and St. John Auditorium at Indian Hills Community College.

In 2015 -2016 season Sasha Burdin participated in Johnson County Landmark jazz band as a principal pianist. The concert schedule included performances with guest artists Carmen Bradford (former Singer at Count Basie’s Jazz Band) and Melvin Butler (alto saxophone player, a member of Brian Blade’s band).
In the summer of 2016, Sasha Burdin has formed The Sasha Burdin Quartet - a jazz group, focusing on Burdin’s original compositions and exploring an alternative approach to renown compositions by Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane and others.
Sasha Burdin is a passionate teacher and music educator. He has held a position of a teaching assistant in the piano area of School of Music at the University of Iowa. He also served as a piano faculty at Iowa Wesleyan College. He currently holds a piano faculty position at Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, Iowa.

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