Sobinov Saratov State Conservatory
M.M. Violin Performance, Temple University
Viola Performance, Temple University
Also offers instruction in Russian
I teach violin and viola. I began to play violin at the age of six and graduated from the Sobinov Saratov State Conservatory in 2005, actively performing in solo, chamber ensembles, and string quartet concerts. Among my awards are the Grand Prize in the Fourth Regional Goldenberg Violin Competition, stipend from the “Russian Performing Art” foundation, Diploma at the 5th Demidov International Violin Competition, and an award from the VI “Golden Talent.” In 2006, I was selected to join “Youth Symphonic Orchestra of CIS Countries” and through 2009 toured the cities of CIS, Europe, and USA under such conductors as Yury Simonov, Mark Gorenstein, and Vladimir Spivakov. In 2010 I was accepted into Artist Diploma Program at Temple University in Philadelphia and completed my Master of Music degree in violin performance (2014) in the class of Professor Schmieder. I am currently working toward an MM as a second major in viola. I currently play with Symphony in C and New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra.
When did you begin playing violin, and why?
I started to play violin when I was 6 years old. My parents are both musicians and my sister too, so I decided to keep up our family tradition.
What are your personal goals as a musician?
Share music with other people and enjoy the process!
Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you’ll remember forever?
I would get inspired by my father playing Bach’s Adagio and Fugue from G Minor Sonata for violin solo. That was the moment when I really felt that music is my future. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to be a professional musician.
What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?
Never give up and stay optimistic. My teachers would always say that to achieve something you have to work on it carefully and systematically. Have a strong desire and believe in your success; these are the keys.
What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?
There are plenty of challenging moments when it comes to learning how to play from the technique of playing to interpreting different pieces of music. That is why every beginner needs a good teacher.
What is your biggest musical achievement?
The biggest musical achievement for me is not about medals or diplomas. It is when I can establish a deep connection with an audience during a performance.
Favorite thing about teaching?
It has always been fun for me to teach. I find it interesting to explore technique, help encourage self expression, and to see each student’s personal growth.
What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
Always remember that this is something you are doing for fun! So if you hit the wrong note do not be to judgmental to yourself. Just come back to the mistake and learn it in slower tempo.
Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any):