Awards/Competitions: 2nd Prize, 2019 New York Flute Club Competition; 1st Prize, 2017 New York Flute Club Competition; 1st Prize, 2008 Uzhgorod Competition; 2nd Prize, 2016 Bida Competition in Lviv
Appearances: Galway Flute Festival, 2019; Eurasia Festival, 2019; Primorsky stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, Vladivostok, Russia, 2013–14; The Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Center, Moscow, 2013; Kremlin Orchestra in Moscow, Russia, 2013; New York Symphonic Ensemble, summer tour, 2016; International Regional Orchestra, Germany, 2010–13
Musical origins: I was 5 years old when I started playing the flute and I felt so special by being able to play on the flute. I had good music skills when I was in kindergarten, so the teacher recommended me to play on the instrument.
Favorite composer fact: Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saens used to enjoy imitating ballet dances when they were at The Moscow Conservatory together.
Favorite fact about your instrument: Flutes are the earliest extant musical instruments.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: Live music sounds better then any recording.
Favorite non-musical hobby or activity: Swimming
Favorite painting: The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. Painted in June 1889, it depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an idealized village.
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Practice every day, just the same as you dream every night.