The most recent project of the RMS was a production of the first ever recorded collection of works by Theodore Akimenko. Until now this wonderful composer had only one claim to fame: he was Stravinsky’s first teacher. The recent review of this world premiere recording- “Theodore Akimenko: Works for Violin and Piano”- noted that the music is “played with fullest commitment, romantic fervour and heart”. Forthcoming projects of RMS will include CD recordings which will be released on Toccata Classics, described as being among “the most fearlessly enterprising labels on earth”, by Fanfare Magazine. The partnership with Toccata Press publishing company will allow RMS to commission and publish essays and biographies of some of the finest composers of the past. Forgotten and unfairly unnoticed, their names and pieces they produced will be brought back to light, opening another door into the world of music discovery.
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My ultimate goal as a teacher is to educate and inspire my students, provoke and develop their interest and love to music and the violin. As a pedagogue, I strive to create an inspiring but challenging environment for my students. While not solely using a single method or school, I use a combination of all knowledge I earned as a pedagogue on the multiple continents. My teaching curriculum combines the finest aspects of the Russian and American traditions. It is comprehensive and student oriented, with a strong emphasis on individual development.
Having had an extensive training in all aspects of the String Pedagogy, Music Psychology, History of the Performance Practice, I guide each student into the discovery of the most natural, relaxed technique and develop a set of skills necessary to be able to understand, analyze and interpret music of various styles and genres. It is of the utmost importance to build a solid foundation for each student by encouraging and stimulating true appreciation of all the arts.
I have a passion for teaching and while realizing that not each of my students will necessarily become a professional, I find it very rewarding to witness how being exposed to classical music through learning enriches their life experience, helps to improve focus and teaches them to work through challenges; and reach their goals.