Darya received her B.A. from M. Mussorgsky Music College (St. Petersburg, Russia) and M.M. in Piano Performance, Chamber Music, Pedagogy and Accompaniment from St. Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia). She studied directing at St. Petersburg Cultural Institute (Russia).
Performance and Teaching Experience
Darya has performed throughout the United States and abroad including in the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Chamber Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and St. Petersburg Capella. As an accompanist, she performed in many All-Russian and International competitions, where she has been awarded “The Best Accompaniment Diploma” three times. Darya played on several recordings for St. Petersburg Radio and Television. She performs extensively throughout the Washington DC area as accompanist at the Kennedy Center, The Lyceum, the Harris Theater of George Mason University, The Church of the Epiphany and Strathmore Hall among others.
Darya has taught at several music schools of St. Petersburg, Russia between 1993-1998 and currently maintains a private studio in Virginia
Darya has been on the Levine faculty since the fall of 1999 where she teaches piano, piano duets and chamber music.
“I enjoy being in a community of like-minded musicians where the all students and teachers share the same passion, same enthusiasm and same fascination towards the art of making music.”
Teaching Philosophy and Approach
“You don’t need to have a special talent to play music. If you have the desire and patience you can learn anything. Making music is not just an ability to push the right keys at the right time, it is all about expressing yourself and your inner thoughts.”
When not teaching or performing, Darya enjoys spending her time with her husband and three children.