Lee Holland/Flute Sasha Savaloni/Guitar
Lee Holland, Flute Sasha Savaloni, Guitar
Lee Holland and Sasha Savaloni are a duo whose energised approach to flute and guitar repertoire engages and entertains audiences. Both Lee and Sasha are highly in demand for recitals, orchestral and education work. They believe passionately in providing high quality yet accessible performances for all audiences.
LEE HOLLAND Flute
Born in London, Lee studied at the Purcell School of Music in Hertfordshire. During her time at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Lee graduated with both a Bachelor of Music (Hons) and a Masters of Music in performance with Distinction.
Currently as an freelance orchestral player Lee performs and works with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra of Scottish Opera.
Lee is a passionate chamber musician currently performing regularly with Sasha Savaloni (guitar) and also the Monzani trio, creating an ensemble with Rachel Spencer (Violin) and Feargus Egan (Cello). The trios recent achievements include selection to take part in Enterprise Music Scotland's Creative exchange residency in Crear.
Broadcasts have included a performance of contemporary composer Charlotte Seither's solo work Seul avec des Ombres, for a pre prom concert on Radio 3. Recent performances have included a tour of India with the European Concert Orchestra supporting the band “Coldplay” at the Global Citizen Festival in 2016.
Lee is a keen early years education specialist focusing on Hungarian based Kodaly musicianship. She gained a 'Sound progressions' diploma certificate from Roehampton university in 2007 through the British Kodaly Academy. Since 2006 till 2016 Lee worked with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, and RSNO junior chorus, and currently works with the RCS early years department.
Competition and scholarship award successes include first prize winner of the Watford and Novgorod Russian music competition, winner of the Jellinek Concerto competition, RCS Concerto competition, RCS Governors Woodwind Recital prize, Governors Chamber music prize, John McGregor flute prize for outstanding achievement, the prestigious post graduate Musicians Benevolent award, and the Peter Morrison Prize for all round excellence in music.
Through out her career Lee has been fascinated by performance psychology and the difference strengthening the mind combined with honing craft can make. In 2015 she started an MSc in Performance psychology due to finish in 2017. Empirical research is hugely important to the validity of performance science, and Lee is currently conducting her own research in the field of performance psychology and the performing arts in conjunction with Edinburgh university.
SASHA SAVALONI Guitar
Born in 1992, Iranian Scottish guitarist Sasha Savaloni is currently pursuing a Doctoratal degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the supervision of renowned performer and teacher Prof. Allan Neave.
As a soloist he has given concerts in Iran, Italy, Spain and throughout the UK, performing recitals in venues such as the Kings Place (London), Sage Gateshead (Newcastle), City Halls (Glasgow), Stevenson Hall (Glasgow) and the Leeds College of Music as well as performances in festivals such as the London Guitar Festival, Big Guitar Weekend, Les Garrigues Memorial Emili Pujol, Bath Guitar Festival, Shrewsbury Guitar Festival, Plug New Music Festival and the Ullapool Guitar Festival.
He has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra.
A committed Chamber musician, Sasha has worked with numerous musicians and ensembles, including collaborations with the Red Note Ensemble, soprano Alison McNeill, guitarist Ian Watt and flautist Lee Holland. His close partnership with soprano Alison McNeill has resulted in recording and interview for BBC Radio in addition to concerts in Spain and throughout Scotland. Sasha and Alison are the 2015-2017 recipients of the prestigious ‘Enterprise Music Scotland Residency Project Artists’.
Sasha has won numerous awards and prizes; In 2015 Sasha was awarded the Second Prize, the Audience Award and Prize for the Best Performance of the Contemporary Work at the Miguel Llobet International Competition in Barcelona. Other prizes and awards include 1st Prize winner of the Chanterelle Guitar Award (2010), Simon Young Memorial Award at the London International Guitar Competition (2016), 2nd Prize winner of the Ivor Mairants International Competition (2015), Finalist at the Strings section of Royal Overseas League Competition (2017) as well as being the only soloist selected for International Guitar Foundation’s Young Artist Platform (2014).