Sasha Witteveen

Sasha Witteveen (2003) grew up with a lot of music around her. She started playing the piano at the age of five and discovered the double bass at the age of ten.

In 2014 she had the chance to play with Het Orkest van Nederland in The Concertgebouw. Impressed by the great masters of the orchestra, Sasha was motivated to move on to the Sweelinck Academy at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and to the Dutch Youth String Orchestra (NJSO). At the Sweelinck Academy she studied with Peter Leerdam.

In August ‘18, Sasha began studying at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with RCO member Olivier Thiery. Sasha has taken part in many competitions such as the Prinses Christina Concours (1st prize, 2017), the Royal Concertgebouw Competition (finalist, 2017), the International Youth Bass Competition in Lucca (1st prize, 2018) and the Viennese Bass Days Competition (1st prize, 2018).

Sasha is active as a soloist and has given concerts in the Concertgebouw, Tivoli Vredenburg, Philharmonie Haarlem, DeLaMar Theather and more. She has played at festivals such as Hart&Ziel, Klassiek op het Amstelveld, Wonderfeel and the Grachtenfestival. She has performed solo works with the Residentie Orkest, LUDWIG, the NJSO, the LGT Young Soloists and the Blackmore Academy chamber orchestra led by Zakhar Bron. Sasha is also active in chamber and orchestra music; she has done projects with members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Residentie Orkest, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and she regularly does projects with other promising young musicians. Since 2018 she has been part of the LGT Young Soloists.

Sasha has followed masterclasses by i.a. Rick Stotijn, Božo Paradžik, Matthew McDonald, Wies de Boevé, Dominic Seldis, Gary Karr and Theotime Voisin. Since 2016, Sasha plays a double bass from the collection of The Dutch Musical Instrument Foundation. In February 2019 she received a double bass from them, specially built for her by Sergio Scaramelli in Italy.