Saša Gerželj-Donaldson's playing has been extolled by noted critic Janko Šetinc as “convincing, musical and charming. Strong artistic personalities like hers are rare.” Večer daily newspaper reported that her “luxurious playing of virtuosic parts was vigorous and glittering, [but] this refinement never overshadowed the honesty of her emotional expression.”
A native of Slovenia, Saša Gerželj-Donaldson made her debut in 1991 with the Maribor Conservatory Orchestra. While studying in Austria, she performed as a soloist with the Ensemble for New Music Graz. Mrs. Gerželj-Donaldson has performed in numerous international venues and festivals, including World Music Days, Ciclo de Primavera Boadilla del Monte, Lange Nacht der Musik, International EPTA, Roy Thompson Hall, Rising Stars Toronto, Yamaha Canada Showcase and Festival Lent, Mozart Gala RCM Toronto, Glasbeni September, Narodni dom Maribor-Orkesterski cikel. In 2004 she played Strauss’ Burleske, Op. 1 with the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra under Conrad von Alphen and SNG Maribor Orchestra. She has made numerous recordings for RTV Slovenia and RNE Spain. Her awards include the Žiga Zois Scholarship (1994), the Marta Debelli Prize (1998), the Ministerium für Kultur Austria Prize (2002), the Jun Fujimoto scholarship (2004, 2005) and the Margaret Phillips Award (2004, 2005). She was a prizewinner at the Pianello Val Tidone International Piano Competition.
Beginning her studies at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet Maribor, Mrs. Gerželj-Donaldson completed her MA with Walter Kamper and Eike Straub at Kunstuniversität Graz. She did her Artist Diploma under John Perry at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto, regularly working with Leon Fleisher and performing in masterclasses by Robert McDonald, Rudolph Kehrer, Marc Durand and others.