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Sasha Valeri Millwood MA (Cantab.) MMus (GSMD)

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About Sasha Valeri

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researcher, musicologist, music theorist, composer-contrapuntist-pianist, classical improviser, accompanist

A graduate of the University of Cambridge (where one of the papers for which I studied was the Advanced Keyboard Skills paper) and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (where I studied Interpretation through Improvisation with Dr David Dolan for two years), I am an experienced soloist, chamber musician, improviser, accompanist, pit-band player, and répétitur. I have worked with musicians of various abilities (from the complete beginner to Andrew Kennedy) and in various contexts (including examinations, professional recitals, competitions, auditions, and functions that require background music). In many cases, I have had to sight-read a part, so I know how to deliver good results in situations with limited/no rehearsal time. I am a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. I can improvise elaborations and interludes in various styles, either as a soloist or in collaboration with other performers. Given sufficient preparation time, I can also realise figured bass (including on harpsichord or chamber organ), and even transpose works of a reasonably tonal character. That said, I hasten to add that (unsurprisingly, seeing as I am a composer myself) I would be delighted to play more modern repertoire, too. I have experience accompanying a range of instruments, voices, and repertoire, including atonal and serial music. A sympathetic chamber musician, I prioritise listening and maintaining good ensemble over burying one’s head in the notes: a good accompanist covers up the other player’s slips and mistakes in performance. However, having worked as a répétitur on several operatic productions, I am also familiar with the contrasting demands of that role, where the priority is to follow the conductor and furnish clear cues for the singers. Please note that, at the present time, I do *not* apply to listings on the "Jobs board"; if you are interested in engaging me, you need to contact me specifically, using the "Send enquiry" button.

Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Musical theatre, Opera, Avant garde, Experimental
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Instruments:
piano, Violin, Composer, Repetiteur
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Private event, Corporate event, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Composer, Orchestrator, Arranger, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Musicologist
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Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£218.75
Up to 1 hour£218.75
Up to 2 hours£218.75
Up to 3 hours£218.75
Packages
Accompaniment for amateur events (<1 hour)
For accompanying at examinations, competitions, auditions, amateur performances, and amateur recordings, provided that the duration (including warm-ups, sound checks, &c.) does not exceed one hour
£45

Reviews

From customers:

Benjamin H, 5 years ago

[Millwood] improvised links between the pieces; apparently a common practice in the 18th century. I wonder if this could be revived in the 21st century – I'm a big fan of improvisation.

Jonny V, 3 years ago

I fondly remember listening to your improvisation at Gregor's Nae Ball back in 2014 [sic -- it was actually 2013]

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