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Bachelor's Degree in Music, summa cum laude in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
First Prize, State Competition for Performance of Russian Music
First Prize, Bach Music Performance Competition, St. Petersburg
First Prize, Contemporary Music Competition
Certificate of Excellence in Music Education, IMC
Certificate of Appreciation, Third Moravian Church Organist, 2006
I began my music training during the age of 5 at the School for Musically Gifted Children. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Music, summa cum laude, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and received my Master's Degree (also summa cum laude) from the Moscow Conservatory. In addition, I was very fortunate to study with renowned teachers at the Music Conservatory in St. Petersburg. In 1995, I came to the United States and am blessed to be a citizen.
In Russia, I was a concert pianist as well as a teacher of classic piano theory and performance. I was a soloist who performed with a full orchestra as well as being a chamber musician, accompanist for singers and for strings.
Since I came to the United States, I have concentrated more on teaching. I have taught piano at many music schools and have also given private lessons, both at students' homes and at my music studio. My piano students have won multiple awards at music competitions in Russia and the United States. In 2006, a student of mine won first prize at the West Chester University Music Competition. Then in 2011, my students won prizes in the International Music Competition, the National League Competition and the Tri-County Competition.
Music has to be fun and rewarding for the students. I find that associating music with nature and art and their social experiences allows the students to enjoy learning the piano from the very first lesson. I cannot use one method for all students. I identify the goals, experience and personality of the students and develop a method that is effective for each one.
My goal is to unleash the students' quest for beauty and creativity. I explain thoroughly the music that the student is working on and we practice together. For those who want to practice more at home, I provide clear guidelines. I have a special program for adult students who enjoy playing duet pieces together with me and works for two pianos.
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