My music education began at the right time according to the modern theory: in the womb of my mother, who played the violin with the Omsk symphony orchestra. I remember myself singing in public when I was three and composing little tunes at the piano at the age of four. At the same time, I started to learn solfege and rhythmic in a group organized for a few gifted kids.
Thus, from my early years, I naturally perceived that my path would lead me towards professional music. When I was a child, I had two career-related wishes: to play with an orchestra and to study in Moscow. Thanks to my parents and a wise and talented first teacher, Larisa Gritzai, both became true.
I earned my music education (bachelor’s and master’s degrees) in Russia and Israel under the supervision of exceptional musicians: Lidija Fikhtengoltz, Galina Egiazarova, Olga Stupakova, Alexander Tamir and Vadim Monastyrski. They instilled in me an appreciation for high standards of performance and refined musical taste. During these younger years, even though I was performing constantly and beginning to teach, I still wasn’t certain what kind of musical career I want to pursue after graduation. I was fully occupied by a plan to absorb music as deeply as possible and a desire to express my understanding of music through performance, but I had not yet realized that I could fulfill these desires through the art of teaching.
It turned out that I was destined to be a teacher and now one of my current students is learning the same concerto that I was privileged to play with an orchestra as a child. I guess this is what we call a circle of life. I am grateful to be a teacher, observing the miracle of transformation my students experience as they metamorphose into confident, expressive piano players. My great wish and dedication is to pass onto them the deep appreciation of music and fine professional skills I inherited from my prominent teachers.