Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1990 and having mastered both the piano and the harp at an early age, Sasha (Alexander) Boldachev began his concert activity at the same time he began creating his first works as a composer.
In 1996, as a member of the Children's Christmas Festival, he performed a piece by Sergei Slonimsky written especially for him. In 1997, he started as a student in the Lyceum at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where he studied harp with Karina Maleeva and composition with Svetlana Lavrova.
Yet only nine years old at the time of his first international appearance, performing Handel's Harp Concerto with the Lithuania State Symphony Orchestra, Boldachev has since won many international competitions for harp and composition, performing in festivals as well as conducting concert activities for the International Harp Congress.
Prizes include the British Brilliant Prodigies Award, the European Foundation for Culture's ProEuropa Award (for “outstanding talent and contribution to European culture”), and fellowships from the Bank “Vontobel” in Switzerland and the “Banque Populaire” in France.
In 2005, he entered the Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland, where he received degrees in harp performance with Catherine Michel, in composition with Mathias Steinauer, and in conducting with Marc Kissoczy.
Today, Boldachev is busy with an international schedule of concerts and master classes, traveling frequently between Russia, Europe, Asia and the Americas, where he performs not only major works from the current harp repertoire, but continually expands it with his own compositions and transcriptions.