Sasha Launer / Flute
Flutist Sasha Launer has performed extensively as an orchestral, chamber, and solo musician. Currently a member of the San Francisco-based chamber group Valinor Winds and San Francisco Wind Ensemble, she has also performed with the Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Kennedy Center, and Brevard Music Center under such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, and John Adams. As a soloist, Launer has won awards in competitions held by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Schubert Club, Thursday Musical, and Upper Midwest Flute Association. A founding member of the Vivace Flute Quartet, she has performed with the group throughout the United States, Costa Rica, and Chile. Launer received her Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with SF Symphony Principal Flutist Tim Day, and she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University studying with former New York Philharmonic Principal Flutist Jeanne Baxtresser. In addition to her performance career, Sasha teaches flute privately and works as a recording engineer in the Bay Area.