Sascha Groschang, cellist, is an active recitalist, having concertized across the United States and Asia. As an Artists International Special Presentation Winner, she gave her solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in February of 2009. She has appeared at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall many times as a chamber and orchestral musician, including as a featured soloist with country artist Clay Walker, and as associate principal of the National Youth Symphony. She has shared the stage with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Nadia Salerno-Sonnenburg, Johnathon Biss, Robert Levin, Sharon Isben, Vladimir Feltsman and Pepe Ramero. She has been a soloist with the Grammy-Award-winning Kansas City Chorale, The Bach-Aria Soloists, and has been a featured performer for Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver (MO), Governor Bob Holden (MO) and the United States Department of Labor.
Ms. Groschang has performed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as an invited member of the Malaysian International Festival Orchestra, toured across China twice with the Mantovani Pops Orchestra, and was artist-in-residence at the 2011 Thailand International Composition Festival in Chaing Mai, Thailand. She has also been a member of the Des Moines Symphony, an associate member in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and is currently principal cellist with the Saint Joseph Symphony. As a chamber musician, Sascha has worked with members of the Orion String Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, the Mendelssohn String Quartet, the Mannes Trio, the Philadelphia Quartet, Margo Garrett, Jacob Lateiner, Donald McGinnis and Leon Fleisher. In 2005, she participated in a series of chamber music concerts with members of the Kansas City and Des Moines Symphonies. While attending Mannes College of Music in New York City, Sascha held an assistantship in chamber music and has participated in the Juilliard ChamberFest. She has received scholarships and awards from Mannes College of Music, Aspen School of Music, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Mayfield Towns Memorial Scholarship Fund and Kodak (Young Leader’s Award). Sascha also has over 17 years of teaching experience and many of her students have earned the highest ratings at regional and state contests and have gone on to pursue music at the university level.
In addition to classical music, Sascha is an avid performer and string arranger of non-traditional and popular styles such as folk, jazz and contemporary, worship, improvisation, rock, alternative, Broadway and film music. She has performed with Peter Gabriel, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Michael Bublé, Idina Menzel, the off-broadway show, “Matthew Passion” and has extensive recording experience, including sessions for the recording artists Ashanti and Joanna Newsom, Rhino Records and NBC. Sascha is the cellist and co-composer of the alternative string duo, “The Wires“, which explores a variety of non-traditional string techniques and styles through original compositions. She is also co-executive director of “Wired In”, the annual summer strings creative workshop presented by The Wires. The Wires released their first full-length album in the fall of 2012, and is currently working on their sophomore album. Sascha holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory and a graduate diploma in performance from Mannes College of Music in New York City.
Sascha is currently on faculty at Missouri Western State University, where she teaches cello and is a member of the faculty piano trio. She is also the principal continuo player for the Trinity Lutheran Bach Cantata series, which will be presenting all of Bach’s sacred cantatas over the next seven years.
For more information on Sascha’s current projects, please see her Upcoming Performances page.