Sasha Witteveen

Double bass

Sasha Witteveen (2003) grew up surrounded by music. She started playing the piano from the age of five and discovered the double bass when she was ten. In 2014 she had the opportunity to play with ‘Het Orkest van Nederland’ in the Main Hall of the Concertgebouw. Impressed by the great masters, Sasha was motivated to move on to the Sweelinck Academy at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and to the Dutch Youth String Orchestra. Het first teacher at the Conservatory was Peter Leerdam. In August 2018 Sasha started to study at the preparatory course at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with KCO member Olivier Thiery and with Burak Marlali, and she took lessons from Rick Stotijn.

The young soloist quickly took part in many competitions such as the Princess Christina Concours (1st prize during the national final 2017), the International Youth Bass Competition in Lucca (1st prize in 2018), the Viennese Bass Days Competition in Amsterdam (1st prize in 2018) and the first Britten Contrabas Concours (1st prize in 2020).

Sasha is active as a soloist and has given concerts in the Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Haarlem, DeLaMar Theater and more. She played at festivals such as Klassiek op ‘t Amstelveld, Wonderfeel, the Leidse Hofjes Concerten, the Grachtenfestival and Festival Classique. She has performed with the Residentie Orkest, the NJSO and the LGT Young Soloists.