Violinist Sasha Callahan has established a vibrant and diverse career as recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. She has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan and is a founding member of Sheffield Chamber Players and the Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival. Chamber music has been one of Sasha’s great loves since she played her first string quartets with her sister Eve and their grandparents. She’s especially interested in projects that make classical music approachable by forging connection and community between audience and performers.
The Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival, Sheffield Chamber Players, and the educational string trio All Ears were each formed with this in mind. Sasha is committed to sharing new music with audiences, and has worked closely with many composers such as Joan Tower, Gabriela Lena Frank, Nathaniel Stookey, Andrew Waggoner, Osvaldo Golijov, Jakov Jakoulov, Andrew List, Daniel Wohl, Theodore Antoniou, Kenji Bunch, Lukas Foss, and Gunther Schuller.
Recent highlights include a sold out run as concertmaster for the American Repertory Theater’s revival of Porgy and Bess, performances as soloist on concertos by Bach, Brahms, and Philip Glass, and a solo Bach performance at the National Cathedral (D.C.). As an active chamber musician, Sasha can often be heard playing duos with her husband, cellist Leo Eguchi, as well as performances with groups such as the Aurea Ensemble, Walden Chamber Players, the Corigliano Quartet, the Lunaire Quartet, Trio Veritas, and ALEA III, and frequent chamber performances at the New Hampshire Music Festival (even on the occasional mountain top).
Sasha can also be heard as a member of the Portland (Maine) Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and New Hampshire Music Festival, as well as with the Boston Pops, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Odyssey Opera, Emmanuel Music and the Boston Ballet Orchestra. A native of Portland, Oregon, Sasha received her BM degree in violin performance from Rice University and MM from Boston University. Principal teachers include Lucia Lin, Sergiu Luca, Denes Zsigmondy, and Carol Sindell. She currently resides in Boston with her husband Leo Eguchi, daughter Freya, and two rather sedentary cats named Max and Katya.