Composer at the Keyboard
PSD, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 2017
MM, Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, 2010
What is your hometown?
Saint Petersburg, Russia
What are you passionate about outside of music?
Traveling, dancing, and languages.
Who were your major teachers?
Boris Abalyan, Yuri Poteenko, and Dren McDonald.
What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?
“You have to actually perform when you compose music on the computer.”
What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?
“What is my voice in music?”
What was a turning point in your career?
The decision to study Technology and Applied Composition at SFCM.
If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?
I would be a doctor.
If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?
Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky.
From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?
Paris, the beginning of the 20th century.
What are your most important collaborations?
Dren McDonald ("Nerdtracks Game Audio"), San Francisco Ballet
Who are three students you have had the privilege of teaching?
Danielle Ferrari, Wan Su, and Omar Akrouche.