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Philadelphia-based Russian violinist, Sasha Ki, was born into a musical family with a long tradition in the arts. From a young age, his parents – both highly-trained and accomplished musicians – sought to encourage him to carry on in the family tradition, an endeavor mitigated by Sasha’s determination. Ungratified by the monotony of kindergarten, he willfully launched his informal musical training by trailing his mother to her rehearsals with the Omsk Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. His formal training began shortly after that, and he went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance from Novosibirsk State Conservatory and a Master’s degree in Violin Performance from Temple University.
Sasha made his debut as a concert violinist with the Omsk Philharmonic at the tender age of 6, and has since gone on to concertize throughout Russia, Europe, Asia, and North America, giving solo recitals and performing with symphony orchestras as well as chamber ensembles in such notable venues as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Kimmel Center Verizon Hall, Big Hall of the Novosibirsk Conservatory, Thailand Cultural Centre Hall, and Tomsk Philharmonic Hall. Winner of numerous national and international competitions and recipient of multiple prestigious musical awards, his extensive repertoire includes major works from solo and chamber literature. As an experienced orchestral musician, Sasha has performed with orchestras for diverse and distinguished audiences worldwide. He was a soloist and member of the Omsk Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra (2006-2008); principal of the Novosibirsk Conservatory Symphony Orchestra (2008-2012); guest artist of the Novosibirsk Academic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra; member of the string ensemble, “Bright Bows” (2008-2013); guest artist in the Symphony Orchestra of the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (2009); assistant principal of the International Symphony Orchestra, performing for heads of state attending the ASEAN Financial Summit (2010); artistic director and principal violin for the Novosibirsk Drama Theatre’s rendition of “Red Torch” (2011-2013); member of the International Symphony Orchestra of the 14th International Festival of Opera and Ballet in Thailand, where the orchestra presented a global project of the BBC’s “Planet Earth” under the patronage of the Thai Royal Family (2012); member of the iPalpiti International Festival (2013-2016); principal of Temple University Symphony Orchestra (2015-2016); and member of the Philadelphia International Festival (2016). As a chamber musician, he has participated in a plethora of musical projects and appeared on multiple concert stages around the globe.
Aside from classical music, he is also trained in jazz improvisation and has performed with various jazz bands. Offstage, he has served as a youth violin instructor with Temple University Music Preparatory (2014-2016) training the next generation of inspired musicians. He is also a passionate athlete and certified personal trainer.

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