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Oleksandr (Sasha) Gunchenko

Oleksandr (Sasha) Gunchenko


Double Bass Lessons | Bass Guitar Lessons | Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, Online Lessons

  • Qualifications: BMus with First Class Honours
  • Pricing: $40 per 1/2 hour; $60 per 45mins; $80 per hour
  • Styles: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Folk
  • Suitability: All ages



Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Oleksandr is a graduate of the Lysenko School of Music and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He became a member of the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra at the age of 19, gaining a position with the National Chamber Orchestra of Ukraine a year later.

In 1999, Oleksandr immigrated to New Zealand where he joined the Christchurch Symphony as Associate Principal Double Bass. He completed a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours at the University of Canterbury, studying with Dale Gold and Edith Zaltzman, and participated in the National Youth Orchestra as a Principal Double Bass section.

Oleksandr joined the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as section Double Bass player in 2007. He has participated in Master Classes with Paul Ellison, Thomas Martin, Joel Quarington, Catalin Rotaru, Miloslav Gojdos, Ekkahard Beringer, Hans Roelofsen, Eric Hansen, Barry Green.  In 2011, Oleksandr was invited to study with Jeff Bradetich at the Pirastro Strings Elite Soloists Masterclasses. He is a member of the contemporary ensemble ‘Stroma’, and regularly performs solo recitals.

Teaching Info

My teaching style may vary depending on your desires and goals. I have experience teaching all ages and levels from beginner (young, more mature or senior) to University level (including post graduate). My desire is to give you tools to explore your instrument and help to achieve your goals. You will learn all of the necessary basics to enjoy playing the bass, develop your technique as well as expand your musicianship and I’ll be there for you to take all of it as far as you dare. I would have some expectations so should you!

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