Conductor and cellist Sasha Scolnik-Brower is currently a senior in the Harvard College – New England Conservatory Dual Degree program in the studio of Paul Katz. Scolnik-Brower is currently the Music Director of Harvard’s Bach Society Orchestra, a post he began in 2014. In the summer of 2016, Scolnik-Brower served as assistant conductor to James Conlon at the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi and was a participant in the Jarvi Academy for Conducting in Estonia. He has been the assistant conductor of the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra since 2015. He has also performed as a guest conductor with the Mozart Society Orchestra, the Phillips Academy Orchestra, and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.
As a cellist, Scolnik-Brower has also studied with Natasha Brofsky and Andrew Mark. He was a first-place winner of the Boston Symphony, Boston Youth Symphony, Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra, and New England Conservatory Preparatory competitions, as well as a finalist in the Stulberg International String Competition. Scolnik-Brower has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Boston Youth Symphony, NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony, Reading Symphony, Nashua Chamber Orchestra, Longy School of Music Chamber Orchestra, and the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic. Scolnik-Brower has played in the masterclasses of Joel Krosnick, Lynn Harrell, Alisa Weilerstein, Yo-Yo Ma, and Menahem Pressler, among others. During the summer, he has attended festivals including Kneisel Hall, Aspen Music Festival, Yellow Barn, and the Perlman Music Program.