After beginning her studies at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet Maribor in Slovenia, at the age of 16 Sasha passed the piano performance entrance exam for Kunstuniversität Graz, where she took her BMus and MMus with Dr. Walter Kamper. She then left for Canada to study for a fully-funded Artist Diploma with John Perry at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto, regularly working with Leon Fleisher and performing in masterclasses by Pascal Rogé, Rudolph Kehrer, Marc Durand , Robert Mcdonald, Julian Martin Evelyne Brancart and others.
While studying in Austria, she performed as a soloist with the Ensemble for New Music Graz, and went on to numerous international venues and festivals, including World Music Days, Ciclo de Primavera Boadilla del Monte Madrid, Lange Nacht der Musik Graz, International EPTA Luzern, Roy Thompson Hall Toronto, Rising Stars Toronto, Yamaha Canada Showcase ROM, Festival Lent, Mozart Gala RCM Toronto, Rising Stars Toronto, Glasbeni September, National Hall Maribor – Orchestral Cycle, Studio 14 RTV Slovenia, Piano Marathon Rogaška, Minoriten Saal Graz, and the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. She played Strauss’ Burleske, Op. 1 with the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra under Conrad von Alphen and SNG Maribor Orchestra, Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Scottish Sinfonia under Neil Mantle MBE and Schumann Piano Concerto with GCO. She has recorded for several radio stations: Radiotelevizija Slovenija, Österreichischer Rundfunk, Radio Nacional de España and the CBC Canada.
Sasha’s awards include the Zois Scholarship for gifted students Slovenia (1994-2003), the Martha Debelli Prize (1998) for most prospective student University for Music and performing arts Graz and the Ministerium für Kultur Austria Prize (2002). Her study Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School of music at the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto was funded by the Jun Fujimoto scholarship (2004, 2005) and the Margaret Phillips Award (2004, 2005). She was also a prize winner at the Pianello Val Tidone International Piano Competition. In 2013 she received the Dr. Roman Klasinc Award – Slovenia for exceptional achievements in music.
Saša has taught at both the Conservatory of Music and Ballet Maribor and Kunstuniversität Graz. She has conducted piano masterclasses and sat on the jury for national and international piano competitions in Slovenia and Austria. She is the artistic director of the Carinthian International Piano Competition and the PAMT Summer Academy for young pianists.
Her students have been successful on the international level, winning the special prize for the best performance of a classical sonata at the Panmusica Austria competition in Vienna and Ars Nova Trieste, and first prizes in several competitions, including the Zlatko Grgošević competition in Zagreb, Temsig Slovenia and Concorso per Giovani Strumentisti/Povoletto Italy, Edinburgh Competitive Festival and Rising Stars Kawai to mentioned few. In 2019, one of her students placed second in the Scottish International Youth Piano Competition.
She was also invited as piano judge for BBC Young Musician for Scotland (2020), which was a very joyous experience. She was invited to judge for the competition again this year (2022).