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My Violin Journey

I was born and raised in Moscow and started playing violin at the age six.  I earned a M.M. in violin performance and pedagogy, and a D.M.A. in String Quartet performance from the Gnesins’ Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia. 


I was a founding member of the internationally renowned and prize-winning Veronika String Quartet. In our 33-year career, we were fortunate to have collaborated with members of the Amadeus, American and Fine Arts quartets, and with Ruth Laredo, Richard Stolzman, and Lawrence Leighton Smith. Our group appeared in important halls in Moscow, London, Madrid, Jerusalem, New York and Chicago before settling in Colorado.

The Veronika held artistic posts at Colorado State University - Pueblo, at Colorado College and at Ohio’s Lancaster Music Festival. Our performances of the complete canon of the quartet repertory, coupled with devotion to the modernist idiom, produced a discography of nine recordings on Carlton Classics and Vienna Modern Masters, featuring an impressive array of works ranging from W.A. Mozart to Nancy Van de Vate.

Since 2000 I’ve been a member of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and since 2004, the Associate Principal Second Violin. 

Over the years, I’ve served on the faculty of Colorado College and Denver University, and am a member of the Music Teacher National Association and the Pikes Peak Musicians Association.

In addition to my home teaching studio in Colorado Springs,  I also offer classes at the Pikes Peak State College and coach the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony.

I take great pleasure in collaborating with colleagues in chamber music performances -- memorable sessions have been with Lawrence Leighton Smith and colleagues from the Moscow Virtuosi.  

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