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Alla A In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
Instruments: Piano, Violin
Styles: Classical


Alla A In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Violin
Styles: Classical

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 4-80
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1985 - 1989 Master of Music, Doctor of Music PhD,  St. Petersburg Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Russia

1980-1985 Bachelor Degree and Artist Diploma St. Petersburg Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Russia

1974-1977  Music College of the “Rimsky-Korsakov“ Conservatory,   Leningrad, Russia

1964-1973 Leningrad City Music School Leningrad, Russia. Specialized in: violin    


a). Individual:

1985 April  7th All-Russia National Violin Competition Second prize and Laureate Title

b.) as 1st violinist of St. Petersburg String Quartet

2002  Best CD of the Year, Chamber Music America / WQXR Prize Shostakovich Quartets 5,7 & 9 (Hyperion)

1996  Grammy Nominee for Shostakovich: Quartets Nos. 3,5, and 7 (Sony Classical)

1991 First Prize and "Grand Prix Musica Viva," International Competition for Chamber Ensembles, Melbourne, Australia, 

1989 First and Special Prizes, Vittorio Gui International Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Florence, Italy

1989 International String Quartet Competition of "Min-On" Tokyo, Japan

Second Prize and special award of Lufthansa Company

1987 Sept 1st International Shostakovich Competition for String Quartets

Third Prize and special award for best performance of Shostakovich quartet


1987May 3rd All-Russia National Competition of String Quartets,First Prize

I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. I picked out melodies on the piano when I was two and a half years old, and was soon taking piano lessons. When I was enrolled in music school at six years old, all of the piano openings were taken and only violin openings remained, so that became my instrument. I spent twenty years in music schools, including the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College and the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In my senior year at the conservatory, I became a member of the Kirov Opera Orchestra under the direction of  Yuri Temirkanov, and Valery Gergiev. In 1985, I received second prize at the All Russian Violin Competition. Soon after graduating from the conservatory, I joined the faculty of the conservatory. I've taught violin since 1987 at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Soon after I joined the faculty I started what became the St. Petersburg String Quartet. The quartet soon was performing around the world, received  major prizes on the 5 International competitions and  now recognized as one of  the greatest quartet of the world.   

45 years of teaching experience 2010-2015 Assistant Professor at WSU, Wichita, KS 2009-present  Director, St. Petersburg International Music Academy 2006 Senior Coach, Tucson Junior Strings,Tucson, AZ 2005 Faculty, Musica Mundi Summer Festival, Belgium

1989-2004  Faculty,Musicorda  Summer  Festival   1997-2003 Faculty, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH, Private instruction and chamber music 1987-1999 St. Petersburg Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Professor of violin

1991-1999 Special Music College for gifted children under Rimsky-Korsakov name Professor

1999-2004 St. Petersburg Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Russia Visiting faculty

I'm following traditions of a famous Russian school. I have very strong technical training and musical abilities. “To understand, and to cause to be understood" – these words sum up the end and aim of my style.” Until we understand the music, we’ll not succeed at playing it so that others also understand it. With time, we learn more and better ways to communicate musical ideas. I expand our understanding of what is possible, and I find more of the subtle subtexts and interplay within the music. I develop style layer by layer. I develop understanding piece by piece. And I develop technical facility one focused practice at a time.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs.. Going deep to understanding problems and resolve them.
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Fran Ryan


Alla is wonderful. She really recognized my daughters skill level and is moving her along quit nicely. Lovely teacher, so patient and kind. I would highly recommend her

Review posted on Feb 15, 2017

Theresa Spencer


She's awesome!

Review posted on Sep 29, 2016

Randy Medley


We are so appreciative of Alla and the way she works with our son. She is very skilled and more importantly patient in teaching him proper form and technique. We would definitely recommend her.

Review posted on Oct 15, 2015

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