Pianist Bios and Photos

Lindsay Garritson

Pianist Lindsay Garritson has performed throughout the United States and abroad since the age of four. She has appeared as soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra (Texas), Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Barra Mansa (Brazil), the Yale Philharmonic Orchestra, and the European Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

An award-winning performer, Lindsay has received top prizes at the 2013 USASU Bosendorfer International Piano Competition, 2011 Montreal International Piano Competition, the 2011 Yale Woolsey Concerto Competition, the 2010 Mozarteum International Chopin Competition (Salzburg), the Fite Family Competition, the St. Louis Artist Presentation Society, the Sarasota Artist Series Competition, the Connecticut Music Teachers Young Artist Competition, and the Music Teacher National Association’s Young Artist’s Competition. She was invited as one of thirty participants internationally to compete in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and in March of 2014, she was invited to compete as one of six finalists worldwide for the 2014 German Piano Award, held in Frankfurt, Germany.

Also an active participant at music festivals and courses worldwide, Lindsay has attended Music@Menlo’s International Program, The Steans Institute (Ravinia Festival), Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar in England, Aspen Music Festival, International Holland Music Sessions, Orford Arts Center, (Canada), International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College, International Institute for Young Musicians, Innsbrook Music Festival and School, Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Italy), Prague International Master classes, Nancy Music Festival (France), the Igualada Master classes (Spain), Mozarteum International Master Classes (Austria), and Obidos International Piano Master classes (Portugal). An avid chamber musician, Lindsay has performed with Ani Kavafian, Carter Brey, and Ettore Causa, among many others.

She has also appeared in master classes with artists such as Leon Fleisher, Andras Schiff, Emanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, John Perry, Thomas Ades, Gil Kalish, Wu Han, Jeremy Denk, Hung-Kuan Chen, Ann Schein, Matti Raekaellio, Awadagin Pratt, Simon Trpceski, Eric Le Van, the late David Golub, Monique du Phil, and Kenneth Drake.

Also an accomplished violinist, Lindsay was concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2003-2006. She has also had the honor of performing for such dignitaries as Jimmy Carter and Colin Powell, and she has participated in master classes with Leonidas Kavakos and Lewis Kaplan. Her teachers have included John Kendall, founder of the Suzuki movement in the United States.

Lindsay holds degrees from Principia College (B.A. in Music) and Yale School of Music (M.M. and Artist Diploma). Her piano teachers include Santiago Rodriguez, Boris Berman, Luiz de Moura Castro, Choong-Mo Kang, Zena Ilyashov, Emilio Del Rosario, the late Jane Allen, and Jennifer Lim. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Miami.

Anastasiya Naplekova

Ukrainian-born pianist Anastasiya Naplekova has a unique voice in the world of music, performing with effortless virtuosity (Cincinnati Enquirer) and delivering the most challenging works of the piano repertoire with strongly personal performance (The Miami Herald). Winner of the Rudolf Firkusny International Piano Competition in Prague, she has recently received her doctoral degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, studying under the distinguished tutorage of Professor Santiago Rodriguez.

Ms. Naplekova received her BM and MM in piano performance from Kharkov State University of Arts studying under Professor Nataliya Melnikova. She continued her study at the University of Florida with Professor Kevin Sharpe, where she received her second MM in piano performance. Ms. Naplekova has participated in master classes with Ian Hobson, Robert Roux, Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff, and Phillip Entremont. Among Ms. Naplekova’s achievements include prizes at the 2014 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the 6th International Ignacy Paderewski Piano Competition in Poland, the International Piano Competition in memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine, the 4th International Adilia Alieva Piano Competition in France, the Wideman Piano Competition in Louisiana, and most recently the Second Prize at the International Piano Competition Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem in Morocco.

An international performer, Ms. Naplekova has participated in music festivals such as the Paris International Summer Sessions organized by Foundation Bell’Arte, Beethoven Master Classes with Menahem Pressler in Boston, CCM Prague International Piano Institute, and appeared in solo recitals throughout Ukraine, Russia, Czech Republic, France and the USA. As a concerti performer she has played with multiple orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Crimea State Symphony Orchestra, and recently with the Frost Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Fleisher as the opening performance for the 2012 Festival Miami concert series. Ms. Naplekova is also the recipient of special grants from the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the President of Ukraine.

Sasha Kasman

Russian-American pianist Aleksandra (Sasha) Kasman has performed in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in the USA, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, France, and Japan. She is a prizewinner of national and international competitions, including the first prize and audience award of the III Premio Roberto Melini (Italy), first prizes at the NFMC National Collegiate Piano Competition, High Point University Inaugural Piano Competition and IKIF MacKenzie International Competition in New York, and top prizes at the VIII International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz (Ukraine) and Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition.

Sasha began studying piano at age six with her mother Tatiana and later continued studies with her father, winner of international competitions and Professor of Piano/Artist-in-Residence at UAB, Yakov Kasman. In 2017, she received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham under the guidance of Yakov Kasman. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in piano performance at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Robert McDonald. Sasha has performed as a soloist with the Alabama Symphony, LaGrange Symphony, Southern Adventist University Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, and played six concertos with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. With her father, Sasha played Saint-Saens’s “Carnival of Animals”with the Brevard Symphony (FL), the New York Chamber Players, and the Hendersonville Symphony (NC). Among her recent engagements are solo recitals in New York, Washington D.C., Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Las Vegas, and duo-piano performances with Yakov Kasman across the USA, Russia, and South Korea.

Sasha is passionate about classical music outreach; she served as Vice-President for UAB’s Music Notes for the Soul and lectured and performed at numerous national conferences. A scholarship recipient and Fellow of PianoArts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sasha completed two consecutive teaching and performing tours for the organization, focusing on working with children in schools and community establishments. Apart from music, Sasha enjoys studying French and ballet.