Music is a big part of our lives. We don't always recognize it, but it is enough to look at the people with headphones on the subway to realize that most of us are listening to the music almost all the time.
Music helps us in daily life. We listen to it when we are happy and it helps us to fight off bad mood. We listen to different kinds of music, but music is what unites us.
I would love to share my knowledge and experience gained from teaching and performing with young students. I enjoy working with children. They are open, curious, and sincere. I like to discover their personality and individuality and, most importantly to accomplish the main task, which is to impart my passion for music.
I think that it is our responsibility to incorporate music into the children’s lives. We have to show how much fun it could be to be able to play, listen, discuss, make decisions about the interpretation and perform. However, I also try to explain to my students that besides fun we have to work hard in order to be able to improve. It is my responsibility to explain to my students that the result is closely related to the amount of practicing. The ability to concentrate and be ready to work hard is not of a less importance. Especially the students with high potential, who are willing to achieve something, have to recognize the connection between the intensity of practicing and final results.
It is my responsibility to provide my students with strong fundamentals, to one of which in my opinion, belongs technique. Pianistic technique is not only about velocity, but also about the production of sound. It is essential for my students to learn how to use their arm, wrist, and how to involve the whole body in order to produce variety of sounds. Although technique is an essential part of playing, it needs to serve the bigger purpose of making music.
An important principle of my teaching philosophy is individual treatment. From my own experience I know that every student has his own needs and therefore I try to find an individual approach to each of my students. I learn about their technical problems and try to fix them. I take the time and make sure to work out the right strategy for every student in my studio.
To conclude, the most important points of my teaching are: Stay true to the musical score, developing technique, which should never be mere finger exercise, find an individual approach to every student, teach them not only about one particular piece, but connect music to history and art around it, so that the student is not limited in his knowledge, but discovers new horizons with every new composer and every new piece.
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT STONY BROOK
Doctoral Candidate in Piano Performance
September 2007 – present Teacher – Gilbert Kalish
CHICAGO COLLEGE OF PERFORMANCE ART ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY
Performance Diploma, Piano, 2007 Teacher – Solomon Mikowsky
GNESSIN ACADEMY OF MUSIC MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Master of Music Piano Performance, 2004 Teacher – Valentina Zwerewa
UNIVERSITY OF MUSIC & DRAMA HANNOVER, GERMANY
Master of Music, Piano Performance, 2002 Teacher – Bernd Goetzke
UNIVERSITY OF MUSIC & DRAMA HANNOVER, GERMANY
Bachelor of Arts in Music, 2001
Piano Instructor, various, 2008 – present Paul Nazzaro Music Studio, Westfield, NJ Piano School of NY, New York, NY Frank and Camille Music School, Huntington, NY
Guest Pianist, New World Symphony Orchestra, Miami, 2009 - present
Collaborative Pianist, Banff Centre, Canada, 2009-2010
Teaching Assistant, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2007-2009 Collaborative Pianist, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Chicago, 2005-2007
LAUREATE OF THE FOLLOWING COMPETITIONS
II International Piano Competition in Panama, 2006 International Piano Competition “Premio Silvio Bengalli” Val Tidone, Italy, 2003
International Piano Competition SEILER in Kitzingen, Germany, 2003 XII International Piano Competition ”Ciutat de Carlet“, Spain, 2003 XXII International Competition “Nueva Acropolis,” Madrid, Spain, 2003 International Chamber Music Competition “Marco Fiorindo,” Turin, Italy, 2002 Grieg International Competition in Oslo, Norway, 2002
Lions-Club International Competition for Young Artists, Germany, 2002 International Piano Competition “Classica Nova,” Hannover, Germany, 1997 _____________________________________________________________________
Banff Centre, Canada, 2009 to 2010
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Yale Summer School of Music, New Haven CT, 2008
University of Music and Drama Hannover, Chamber Music Festival, Germany, 2003 to 2005
Braunschweig Classix Festival, Germany, 1997 to 2004
Scheswig-Hollstein Festival, Germany, 2002 to 2004
SELECTED SOLO & CHAMBER MUSIC RECITALS
New World Center, Miami Beach, FL, 2012 Trail Mix Concert Series, Woodstock, NY, 2012 Roerich Museum, New York, NY, 2012 Felicia Blumenthal Concert Hall, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2011 University of Music, Drama, Hannover, Germany, 2011 Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Chicago, IL, 2011 Symphony Space, New York, NY, 2010 Staller Center, Stony Brook, NY, 2010 92 Y Kaufmann Hall, New York, NY, 2010 Yamaha Piano Salon, New York, NY, 2010 Skokie Public Library, Chicago, IL, 2010 Trinity Church, Concerts at One Series, New York, NY, 2010 __________________________________________________________________________
“Unearthing” - released on New Focus Recordings and Naxos with the Duo partner Guy Figer
Featured on the following radio stations
Dame Myra Hess Live Radio Broadcast, McGrow Young Artists Showcase WQXR,Live Broadcast From Jerusalem Music Centre, WFMT Chicago
° Fluent in German, English and Russian languages