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Alla Gladysheva

  • Chamber Music
  • Piano
Continuing Education
  • Piano
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Office 510

415-503-6200, ext. 6644

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Musicianship

Undergraduate Music Theory

Keyboard Skills

Pre-College Chamber Music


MM, St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia

BM, St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia


Lark, 1997–Present

Inextinguishable Trio, 1997–Present

Adama, 1997–2002

Tango #9, 1997–2002

Jewish Folk Chorus, 1996–2000

Awards and Distinctions

Honorable Mention, Musicology Convention, Moscow, Russia, 1987

Second Prize, Northeastern Musicology Research Competition, 1979


What is your hometown?

Saint Petersburg, Russia

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Reading and the outdoors.

Who were your major teachers?

Dr. Josef Albert Geiman Kon, Dr. Kiralina Yuzhak, and Maria Istorik.

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

Musicianship classes in my prep school were so much fun that I decided to become a musicianship teacher.

What was a turning point in your career?

Moving to the United States.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?


If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Chopin.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

1770, Bonn.

What are your most important collaborations?

Karelian Radio and Television, Karelian Symphony Orchestra, and SFCM students.

Who are three students you have had the privilege of teaching?

Jon Mendle, Julie Adams, Eleazar Rodriguez (and all at SFCM).

What is your unrealized project?

PhD dissertation.


Alla Gladysheva received an M.A. from Leningrad State Conservatory, where she majored in musicology studying with J.G. Kon, after starting a solfège, piano collaborative, and piano teaching career at age 17. She also served Karelian Radio and Television as a journalist, writing on musicology in Russia. She immigrated to the United States in 1995 and worked for 18 years as a pianist with several ballet companies, including the San Francisco Ballet School. She appeared as a member of various performing groups, including Lark, Tango #9, Adama, and Inextinguishable Trio. She has collaborated in recording of five CDs.