Sasha is a Bay Area based concert pianist who is actively pursuing his musical career as a classical musician, and a Jazz bandleader. He is also a scholar whose research focuses on the 20th century Russian composer, Nikolai Medtner. Mari is currently a DMA candidate at the University of California, San Diego. Her repertoire includes a variety of works composed from the Renaissance through the 21st century. This duo was formed five years ago, when Sasha and Mari were music fellows at the Tanglewood Music Festival (Lenox, MA).