I was born in Stavropol, Russia and immigrated to the U.S. with aspirations to develop my skills as a composer, pianist, and violinist. I am in my second year at the Juilliard School where I study composition with Samuel Adler and work as a Teaching Assistant for music theory. This year I was awarded the Concert Fellowship by the Juilliard School which allows me the opportunity to teach music at an East Harlem middle school. Before Juilliard, I lived in Colorado and studied composition with Colorado University of Boulder professor Dr. Daniel Kellogg and violin with first violinist of the Moscow String Quartet, Eugenia Alikhanova. I attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan where I studied composition with Dr. John Boyle. I have been awarded the 2008 and 2009 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards in the younger division, the 2011 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award in the senior division, first place in the 2008 and 2009 Pikes Peak Young Composer Competitions. I have been commissioned by the Mannheim School of Music, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, the Boulder Youth Symphony Orchestra and others. I have participated in master-classes given by composers John Harbison, Steven Stucky, Julia Wolfe, Nico Muhly and Marilyn Shrude. In the summers of 2009 and 2010 I attended the Tanglewood Young Artist Composition Program where I worked with composer Martin Amlin. Two summers ago I traveled to Washington DC with the Moscow String Quartet to take part in the performance of Sofia Gubaidulina's String Quartet No. 4 and String Trio at the Smithsonian Freer Art Gallery. I had a rewarding experience working side by side with Sofia Gubaidulina, being recognized by her as an "imaginative and talented young composer."