Sasha Haft


Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Alma maters: University of Colorado at Boulder, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Awards/competitions: YouTube Symphony Orchestra Piccolo Finalist, 2010; Music Fellowship at the University of Colorado, 2009-2013; Music Fellowship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 2014-2016
Appearances: Brevard Music Center, 2011; Orford Arts Academy, 2012; Hot Springs Music Festival, 2012; Jefferson City Symphony, 2014; Symphony Napa Valley 2015-2016
Musical origins: I started playing the flute because I wanted to be the little bird in Peter and the Wolf!
Favorite piece to play: Any of the Stravinsky ballets
Favorite obscure piece: Ruth Crawford Seeger’s String Quartet 1931
Favorite musical memory: Performing on From the Top with my brother as the first sibling duo ever
Which composer would have had the best social media: Erik Satie, the original hipster
Favorite non-classical musician: Mac Demarco and Daft Punk
Musical guilty pleasure: Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Best album to have on repeat: Led Zeppelin IV
What recording would you take to a deserted island: A box set of Boulez conducting Debussy & Ravel
Favorite non-musical activity: Teaching and practicing yoga!
Last book read: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Favorite painting: Anything by J.M.W. Turner
Time travel destination: La Belle Époque, Paris