Alexander Boldachev

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Alexander Boldachev
Александр Болдачёв
Born (1990-01-21) January 21, 1990 (age 33)
Other namesSasha Boldachev
Alma materSaint Petersburg Conservatory
Zurich University of the Arts
Years active1997-present
AwardsAoyama Music Award
Britain’s Brilliant Prodigies
Kleiner Prix Walo

Alexander Boldachev (Russian: Александр Болдачёв) (born January 21, 1990), also known as Sasha Boldachev, is a music composer, arranger, teacher and virtuoso harpist based in Zurich, Switzerland.[1] He is a recipient of the 2018 Aoyama Music Award in Japan.[2] Boldachev has received multiple awards for his music in the USA, Japan, England, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Russia and France. Boldachev is also a guest soloist at Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow and an official artist of Salvi Harps.[3][4] He is the founder of the Zurich Harp Festival and holds dual citizenship in Russia and Switzerland.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Boldachev was born in 1990, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to Irina Sharapova and Alexander Vladimirovich Boldachev.[6] His mother is a professor at Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Merited Artist of the Russian Federation and his father is a philosopher and futurologist, specializing in the blockchain and Semantic System.[7]

Boldachev entered Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1997 to study the harp under Karina Maleeva and musical composition under Svetlana Lavrova. In 2005, Boldachev moved to Zurich and attended Zurich University of the Arts where he received degrees in harp performance, composition and conducting under Catherine Michel & Sarah O’Brien, Mathias Steinauer & Felix Profos and Marc Kissóczy respectively.[8]


Boldachev started learning piano at an early age of three under the guidance of his mother. He mastered harp and piano by 1996 when he was six years old and composed his first musical piece in the same year.[citation needed] In late 1996, Boldachev started his solo career with a performance at Children's Christmas Festival in Saint Petersburg where he opened the festival with the composition written specially for him by Sergei Slonimsky.[9]

Boldachev had his solo debut with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra in 1999 and performed George Frideric Handel's Harp Concerto in Vilnius.[10] In 2000, he participated in the World Harp Congress and won his first award on Felix Godefroid Harp Competition. In 2001, he began training under French harpist Catherine Michel in Paris.[11] In 2003, Boldachev was awarded by Britain's Brilliant Prodigies, becoming the first non-British contestant to receive this award.[12]

In late 2005, he was awarded with the European Cultural Foundation's Pro Europa - Prize of Culture for his achievements in the field of music and culture. The award was presented by then President of Austria, Heinz Fischer.[13][14]

Boldachev has performed at numerous international festivals including Burning Man, Gstaad Festival, Spoleto Music Festival, Davos Festival, Festival Musical Olympus, Mozart+, Bravo Award and projects of Moscow International House of Music and Saint Petersburg Music House.[15][16] Since 2015, he is a member of the jury of the Russian international music competition, Nota Bene.[17]

Boldachev collaborated with Kirill Serebrennikov, a Russian theatre director, in 2016, for the stage play, A Poem Without a Hero as a composer, music director and performer with Alla Demidova at Gogol Center, Moscow.[18][19]

In 2017, Boldachev became an invited soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow and performed at multiple events under the conducting of Tugan Sokhiev including the harp performance during the premiere of the ballet, Nureyev based on Rudolf Nureyev's life.[20] The same year, Boldachev was signed on by Salvi Harps, an Italian manufacturer of concert harps, as their official artist for classical as well as electroacoustic instruments.[21] In 2018, Boldachev performed solo concerts and gave master classes at various European, American and Asian universities including Juilliard School, Royal Academy of Music and The Royal Conservatory of Music.[22][23]

During 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, Boldachev shared the stage with Robbie Williams and Aida Garifullina while performing a harp solo of his own composition.[24][25]

Music style and composition[edit]

Boldachev's style of music is based on the expansion of the harp repertoire with the fusion of classical music and interpretation of popular modern music.[26][27]

Boldachev has released two solo albums and has contributed to various chamber music albums. He has composed over thirty original harp pieces and transcribed more than a hundred sheet music for harps.[28]

Boldachev associated with the Russian violinist, Alexander Kuznetsov, and formed a music duo, Game of Tones.[29] They were awarded with the Swiss Prix Walo awards in 2015 for their music.[30]


Year Title Credit
2015 The Harp as an Orchestra Alexander Boldachev
2015 HarpTime Meditation Alexander Boldachev
2016 Celebration - Alta Duo Alexander Boldachev and Tania Pimenova
2017 Musical Adventure Alexander Boldachev & Alexander Kuznetsov
2020 Frédéric Alexander Boldachev


Year Award Place Notes
2018 Aoyama Music Foundation Awards Kyoto, Japan Prize winner
2015 Kleiner Prix Walo Zurich, Switzerland Prize winner
2014 La Fondation d'entreprise Banque Populaire Paris, France Prize winner
2011 Concursoiberico Isolda Madrid, Spain Laureate
2005 European Cultural Foundation - Pro Europa Vienna, Austria Prize winner
2004 Martine Géliot International harp competition Paris, France Laureate
2003 The Yuriy Temirkanov Prize Moscow, Russia Prize winner
2003 Order of Russian Presidential program - Gifted Children Saint Petersburg, Russia Prize winner
2003 Britain's Brilliant Prodigies London, England Prize winner
2003 UFAM International Music Competition Paris, France Laureate
2002 The Lily Laskine International Harp Competition - Junior Deauville, France Laureate
2002 Hopes, Talents, Masters Dobrich, Bulgaria Laureate
2000 Harp Felix Godefroid Competition Namur, Belgium Laureate


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  2. ^ "2018年《第28回》青山賞:サーシャ・ボルダチョフ". Aoyama Music Foundation. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
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  9. ^ "Alexander Boldachev - Mariinsky Theatre". мариинский.рф. Mariinsky Theatre. 2018-10-01. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
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  11. ^ "Scoring and Performing for the Contemporary Harp". The Society of Composers and Lyricists. 2020-01-15. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  12. ^ "Время арфы". (in Russian). 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
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  14. ^ "Александр Болдачев: «как незабвенная сумасшедшая балерина в исполнении Эфремова, я всегда был настроен зарабатывать только своей профессией». Новый музыкальный гений нашего века с арфой в руках". (in Russian). 2020-02-03. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
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  17. ^ "HARP MASTER CLASS BY ALEXANDER BOLDACHEV". Liszt Academy. 2016-10-04. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  18. ^ Редакция (2019-03-21). "Александр Болдачев сыграл на арфе Scorpions и Queen на благотворительном концерте фонда Gift of Life". (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  19. ^ Okhrimovskaya, Marina (2018-06-04). "47 цветных струн Саши Болдачёва". (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  20. ^ Рыжков, Павел (2017-06-23). "Арфист-виртуоз из Большого театра сыграет перед петербуржцами в уникальном концерте". (in Russian). NTV (Russia). Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  21. ^ Belém (2018-05-14). "Harpista russo premiado mundialmente faz recital no Theatro da Paz". (in Portuguese). Grupo Globo. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  22. ^ "Арфист-виртуоз Александр Болдачев в Бишкеке. В программе Дебюсси, Led Zeppelin, Сен-Санс". (in Russian). 2019-12-12. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  23. ^ Булатов, Алексей (2018-06-16). "Всемирно известный арфист-виртуоз". (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  24. ^ Чемпионат.com (2018-06-14). "Церемония открытия ЧМ-2018 по футболу прошла в Москве". (in Russian). Рамблер. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  25. ^ Советский спорт (2018-06-16). "Александр Болдачев: Пока шел к Робби Уильямсу, он уже уехал". (in Russian). Sovetsky Sport. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  26. ^ "Российский арфист Александр Болдачев дебютирует с сольным концертом в Carnegie Hall". (in Russian). TASS. 2020-01-21. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  27. ^ ""Салон Саши Болдачева" в Theater Stok". (in Russian). 2018-03-04. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
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  29. ^ "Biographie de Sasha Boldachev". (in French). Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  30. ^ "Sphärisch: «Game of Tones» wollen musikalisch durchstarten". (in German). 2016-01-29. Retrieved 2020-09-28.

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