Music has been my life – for pretty much my whole life!
I made my singing debut at age 4 on Russian television and started piano lessons shortly thereafter. I spent my formative years in the cultural melting pot of Los Angeles, studying classical piano and theory at the USC Community School of Performing Arts, now known as The Colburn School. My first experience merging singing and piano was when, at 8 years old, I was plucked by the director out of the children’s chorus I sang in to become the guest accompanist for a series of concerts.
I’ve been a professional teacher since my first students knocked on my door with quarters in hand, asking me to show them how to do what I do. For my 10-year-old self, the best part of teaching was seeing the smiles of joy on my students’ faces when they were able to improve their skills beyond what they had thought possible for themselves. Of course, I really enjoyed earning those quarters, as they allowed me to buy more books! Needless to say, I was a total nerd.
Since those early days, I’ve expanded both my performing and teaching skills. I’ve been an opera accompanist, vocal coach, lounge pianist, church musician, choir and band director, musical director and orchestra musician for dozens of musical theater productions, keyboardist and backup singer for a rock band touring throughout the U.S. and Mexico, chamber music collaborative artist, and, recently, the owner and singer of a professional Christmas caroling group.
Throughout all these endeavors, I have made it a priority to share the gift of making music with students of all ages, skill levels, and abilities. If you want to study with me, I only require that you have a desire to express yourself through music and that you dedicate your time and efforts toward achieving that desire. I teach in my studio, through Skype, and through my YouTube channel.
I hold a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from California State University, Northridge, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Multi-Focus Keyboards from California Institute of the Arts.