Born in Russia, Alexandra (Sasha) Mikhlin made her solo violin debut at age 14, playing a Wieniawski violin concerto with the Novosibirsk State Symphony Orchestra. After immigrating to the US in 1991, she performed the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with the Shaker Symphony Orchestra in Cleveland, Ohio, under the conducting baton of her father, Mikhail Solomon Mikhlin. She went on to gain degrees in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Yale University and amass experience in the nation's top orchestras, including the Washington National Opera at Kennedy Center, with whom she performed Wagner's complete Ring cycle last spring. As an orchestra musician she has performed under some of the moist prominent conductors of this era, including Philippe Auguin, Richard Hickox, Peter Oundjian, Marco Armiliato, Emmanuel Villaume, Jaap van Zweden, Joseph Flummerfelt, Louis Lane, Helmuth Rilling and Leonard Slatkin, among others. She has performed solo on numerous occasions as concertmaster of Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Mikhlin is a tenured member of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and freelances regularly with the leading orchestras of the Washington-Baltimore region, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic, Washington Concert Opera and Wolf Trap Orchestra. Alexandra has performed orchestral, solo, and chamber works in festivals throughout Europe, including Spoleto dei Due Mondi (Spoleto, Italy), Bachakademie, (Stuttgart, Germany), and the American Conservatory (Fontainebleau, France). In the U.S., she has performed at the Spoleto festival (Charleston, SC) and the Crested Butte Festival (Colorado).
A sought after teacher, Sasha is a faculty member at Levine School and an adjunct professor at the Anne Arundel Community College. She also teaches privately in Annapolis, MD, where she lives with her husband Marcus and their three children.
Sasha plays on a violin by François Pique, c.1800. When she isn’t playing the violin, she is passionate about traveling, reading, and baking.