Aleksandra Kasman is a Russian-American pianist currently pursuing a MM in Piano at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Robert McDonald. She previously studied under her father Yakov Kasman at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Aleksandra is a prizewinner of national and international competitions, including the first prize and audience award of the III Premio Roberto Melini, first prizes at the NFMC National Collegiate Piano Competition, High Point University Inaugural Piano Competition, and IKIF MacKenzie International Competition in New York, as well as top prizes at the VIII International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz, the American Prize, and Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition.
Aleksandra made her concerto debut at age thirteen with the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, and has since soloed with orchestras across the US, including the Alabama Symphony, LaGrange Symphony, and Southern Adventist University Symphony orchestras. To date, she has played seven different concertos with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. With her father, Aleksandra has performed Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of Animals” with the Brevard Symphony, the New York Chamber Players, and the Hendersonville Symphony. In 2018, Aleksandra debuted as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall under Jeffrey Milarsky.
In solo recital, Aleksandra has appeared on the stages of Steinway Hall (New York), Yamaha Ginza Hall (Tokyo), Salle Cortot (Paris), and Teatro Carlo Felice (Genova). She has been invited as a guest recitalist by Southeastern Piano Festival, Piano City Milano, International Academy of Music, L’Altra Stagione, Busan International Music Academy, Piano Lovers of South Florida, Tulane University Concert Piano Series, and International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival. Engagements of the most recent season include performances in St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, New York’s Alice Tully and Paul Halls, and eleven recitals across Italy.
Aleksandra takes a keen interest in lesser-known works by Russian composers of the early 20th century. She especially enjoys researching and programming the music of Nikolai Medtner.
Aleksandra is passionate about classical music education. She has taught masterclasses at Lee University and at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. A winner of the prestigious Edmund Assaly Memorial Fund Scholarship and PianoArts Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, Aleksandra has completed three consecutive teaching and performing tours for the organization, focusing on working with children in schools and community establishments. In her March 2018 PianoArts tour, Aleksandra appeared in fourteen engagements over the span of eight days. At Juilliard, Aleksandra is a Teaching Fellow and a recipient of the Gluck Community Service Fellowship.