Sasha Valeri Millwood is a composer‑contrapuntist‑pianist who takes an intellectual approach to his diverse array of musical endeavours, utilising his élite education and research, both academic and vocational, to elucidate his artistic practice. Dissenting from the propensity to isolate the sub‐disciplines that comprise the art and science of music, Millwood seeks to draw upon his various specialisms, from pitch-class set theory and serialism to Classical improvisation and figured bass, to inform all of his work, whether it be academic writing, performing, accompanying, composing, transcribing, proof-reading, or teaching.
In particular, Millwood considers the insights from his professional performing experience to be an integral facet of his compositional practice (notwithstanding the irony that he composes at a desk, and never at the pianoforte), and vice versa (whether he be performing a work written today or written centuries ago).
Having graduated in June 2013 from Girton College, University of Cambridge with the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with the top mark in the 2013 four-hour fugue paper, and upper‑second‑class honours overall in each of the three parts of the Music Tripos), Millwood is currently enrolled on the postgraduate Artist Programme in Composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, with financial support from the David Luck Award, the RVW Trust, and the Billericay Educational Trust. He is taught by Laurence Crane.