Sasha Scolnik-Brower '17, Music Director

Sasha Scolnik-Brower, a senior in Winthrop House, is the Music Director for the Bach Society Orchestra's 2016-2017 season. Sasha has been Bach Society's music director for the past two years and has also conducted Harvard's Mozart Society Orchestra and the Phillips Academy Orchestras, having studied with Federico Cortese and Jim Orent. As a cellist, Sasha is currently enrolled in the dual degree program of Harvard University and the New England Conservatory in the studio of Paul Katz. Previous teachers include Natasha Brofsky and Andrew Mark.

He was a first-place winner of the Boston Symphony (2011), Boston Youth Symphony (2011), and the New England Conservatory Preparatory (2012) competitions, as well as a finalist in the Stulberg International String Competition. Other awards include first prize in the Walden Chamber Players Competition (2010) and the young artists competition of A Far Cry chamber orchestra (2011). Sasha has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Boston Youth Symphony, NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony, Reading Symphony, Nashua Chamber Orchestra, Longy School of Music Chamber Orchestra, and the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic. Sasha is a passionate chamber musician, and was a semifinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (2010) and a finalist in the International Chamber Music Foundation of New England Competition (2012).

Sasha has played in the masterclasses of Joel Krosnick, Lynn Harrell, Alisa Weilerstein, Yo-Yo Ma, and Menahem Pressler, among others. During the summer, Sasha has attended programs including Kneisel Hall, Aspen Music Festival, and Greenwood Music Camp. He performs regularly with his mother, flutist Julie Scolnik, and sister, pianist Sophie Scolnik-Brower, also enrolled at NEC.


The Bach Society Orchestra hosts two annual competitions - the Concerto competition and the Composition competition - to promote the recognition of musical excellence at Harvard.

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