Sevastian was born on October 2nd, 1976 in Minsk, Belarus. He
started playing the accordion at the age of seven.
After finishing the musical school in 1991 he entered the Glinka
Musical College in Minsk where he was taught by Myron Boula. After
finishing the college he entered the Gnessin Academy of Music
in Moscow in the class of Professor Friedrich Lips. In July 1998,
Alexander was trained by Professor Elsbeth Moser at the Sofia
Goubaidulina Master Class in Avignon, France.
In 1996 - 2001 he was working in the Russian TV and Radio orchestra
(art director Nickolai Nekrasov). With this orchestra he recorded
many TV performances and radio archive tapes.
Alexander regularly took part in the music festivals such as "Moscow
Autumn", "Bayan and Bayanists", "Young Composers Introduce…"
Since April of 2001, Alexander has been living in Toronto, Canada.
He has been playing with Toronto Woodwinds, an ensemble that was
awarded the first prize at “The Golden Accordion International
Competition” in December 2001 (New York).
In May 2002 he completed his post-graduate course in Moscow (class
of Professor Friedrich Lips). and also completed an Advanced Certificate
in Performance program from the University of Toronto (class of
Professor Joseph Macerollo).
He has performed concerts in 30 Russian cities as well as concerts
in Belarus, Ukraine, Germany, Italy and Japan. He has given several
premier performances, including the works of Berinsky, Bronner,
Korolchuk, Zelenski and Khondo.
Since September 2002 Alexander has been playing with an internationally
recognized group “Quartetto Gelato” www.quartettogelato.ca. He
has been touring regularly in both the United States and Canada
with this ensemble.
In November 2002 he made his debut with the Hamilton Symphony
(under Boris Brott) and has since performed as soloist with the
Toronto Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as well with
orchestras in Victoria, Quebec City, Kelowna, Kamloops, Windsor,
Edmonton, Charleston, Mississauga, Sioux City and Nanaimo.
In 2007 he won the prestigious Coupe Mondiale World Accordion
Championships, held in Washington DC. Since that time his solo
engagements have included appearances in Mexico, Serbia, Portugal,
Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the USA and several major tours
is a sensitive and accomplished performer in this crowd-pleasing
-The Wholenote, Toronto, Canada
"Johann Sebastian would himself have marvelled at the
colours Sevastians fleet fingers pulled from his instrument.
-Oliver Daily News, Oliver, Canada
"Sevastian masters the accordion with the most absolute
-La Press, Montreal, Canada
"A bravura piece by Aram Khatchaturian, played brilliantly
-Kelowna Daily Courier, Kelowna,
"Extremely passionate, yet refined, Sevastian gave a truly
-Canadian Journal of Physics, Antigonish,
"Lots of infectious humor and some world-class accordion-playing
by Alexander Sevastian..."
-The Naples News, Naples, USA
"The speed and the dynamic intensity with which he played
made it obvious to all that
his International competition accolades were well deserved"
-The Tribune, Nassau, Bahamas
accordionist Alexander Sevastian played the solo part sweetly
and modestly, with evident skill on his instrument."
Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada