What was your first impression of NEC? How has that changed since you’ve been here?
It was very diverse. It wasn’t just a classical conservatory. I also loved the contemporary department.
Tell me about your musical backstory…what got you to where you are today?
I’ve been playing for 22 years. I went to musical school and university and got my Bachelor’s in performance in Russia. After that, I worked for a few years, but then wanted to move on and get back into music.
What is the best thing about life as a music history major?
I already have a performance degree, so I can focus on new things like music from Africa and other parts of the world. I also like that at NEC I can take classes in the CI department to keep up my performance skills.
Who has been your favorite teacher? Why?
All the teachers are exceptional, but Peter Row is great, I’ve really liked working with him.
What makes NEC unique? Why did you choose here over other schools?
Really, the diversity and that it wasn’t just classical focused.
What advice would you give to incoming students?
Go to all the concerts. Don’t be shy, be brave and you will get where you want to be.