I was born in the city on the Black Sea, Odessa, in present-day Ukraine and was brought to St. Petersburg, Russia as a baby.  I started playing the violin at the age of 4 at my own request!  Soon after, my family immigrated to the United States, where we settled in New Jersey.  After finishing my education in the US, I received a Fulbright Grant (US government scholarship) to finish my studies in Finland.  I lived and worked in Finland for 10 years before coming to Jerusalem in 2007.

My violin has taken me to many places in the world– I have performed in the US, Finland, Russia, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Brazil, Argentina, and, of course, Israel. I have played chamber music, in an orchestra, and as a soloist in recitals and with orchestras.  I have appeared on French and Israeli radio, and have participated in projects as diverse as recording a jazz CD and movie soundtracks.

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My main occupation at the moment

is with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and I also perform regularly in numerous classical music chamber ensembles and solo concerts.
I also enjoy performing with the “Trio Petit Fleur”, a Jerusalem-based group with double bass and accordion which plays Klezmer, Italian, French, jazz and Israeli songs.  
The lighter repertoire and the opportunity to improvise is a nice change from the classical art music I have played for most of my life, and even helps me to understand classical music better.


Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, Fulbright Scholar
Yale University,
Master of Music
Mannes College of Music in New York,
Bachelor of Music
University of Hartford, Suzuki Method violin pedagogy 2-year course

Performing Experience:

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, IBA, present occupation since 2007
Eastern Music Festival, faculty since summer 2003
Finnish National Opera and Ballet Orchestra, violinist, 10 years
Helsinki Klezmer Kapelye, klezmer band, violinist, 7 years
Concerto soloist with the South Orange Symphony,
Princeton Collegium Musicum, Eastern Chamber Orchestra