What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I have played cello for the past 35 years.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
I would have a travel agency or work for an airline.

What teacher, mentor or influencer inspired you the most?
I have studied with a lot of people and I appreciate them all. If I had to name best ones, they are Edita Artemieva, Bernard Greenhouse, Levon Grigoryan, Laurence Lesser and my mother (she is not a musician, but has more musical knowledge and appreciation than a lot of musicians combined).

What do you do in your spare time?
I keep so busy that there is no spare time.

What has been your favorite moment onstage?
Every moment on stage is special in its own way.

Do you have any pets?
I have an awesome dog. Her name is Brunhilda, she is almost 10 years old. She has traveled with me all over the place; so far, she has been to 17 states.

Who is your favorite composer?
Assuming J.S. Bach is above all of the composers, the list of other favorites is a very lengthy one.

Gnesina College (Moscow); Moscow Conservatory; Artist Diploma, New England Conservatory.