Tell Us A Little About Yourself
“Growing up, I never wanted to be a professional musician and actually spent some of my time during college studying science. Although my parents are engineers, I eventually fell in love with music. It all started when my music professor asked me to sing in recitals and nursing homes where I learned a song called “Sebben Crudele” by Caldara. People in the nursing home really liked it, which gave me the drive to learn and perform, “I Attempt From Love’s Sickness” by Henry Purcell and Russian songs by Glinka, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky.
In 1994, I moved from Russia to Kansas City. Because music has no boundaries, I have been teaching students to sing and play piano for eleven years. My biggest fan is my seven year old daughter, Angela. After listening to a few songs I performed, she wanted me to record “Summertime” and “If I Loved You”. We were able to book a recording session in downtown San Jose and the engineers did a great job! In the future, I hope to continue teaching my students, as well as recording my own music.”
What Are Your Top Influences
“Jazz was my biggest influence, although I sang in a girl’s ensemble in High School, where we performed Broadway hits such as “Summertime”, and “The Man I Love” by Gershwin. While in Shawnee Mission, KS I sang in a women’s ensemble where we performed songs like “Ave Maria” and other songs in English and Serbian. While in school I saw “Fiddler On The Roof” which was the first Broadway Musical I ever saw. During college, I performed in a community theatre where we did performances such as “Carousel” and sang songs such as “If I Loved You”.”
When Do You Expect Your Next Project To Come Out?
“I have already recorded a few classical songs, an album and 4 singles. My next project is to do something more contemporary, such as, Pop or Country. I already have a strong fanbase, which consists of my friends and contacts from Kansas City and San Francisco. I am also currently promoting my songs on Facebook and YouTube, which I encourage you to look up”.
What Helped You Get Into Music?
“Music is in my blood. Both my grandparents were very passionate about music and my grandfather was a great violin player before he tragically perished during the Holocaust in Ukraine. During the war, the Germans cut food supplies to the city of Leningrad. Although my grandmother could have sold her piano for food, she kept it, despite knowing how to play, because she loved music so much. She later passed it down to my father, so that he could learn how to play. Because of their influence, I went to a music school for children in Leningrad, where I sang in a choir, studied music theory, literature, piano and choral conducting.”
What Are Your Biggest Goals For 2016?
“When we moved to San Francisco a few years ago, I met a handful of musicians. I am still looking for band members who would be able to perform at my level and willing to record in languages such as Russian, Hebrew, Spanish, French or English. From there I want to record more songs and videos, as well as reach out to people from many backgrounds. I truly believe that music has the power to unite us all.”