I grew up in Turkmenistan, and music was my passport to the United States. Since that time, music has provided opportunities to travel the world and play in the largest concert halls with some of the most renowned orchestras of our time. I have built my entire life around music, including my family, and I would not have it any other way. I simply love playing my clarinet.
I believe music education is essential to a well-rounded education. Playing music has given me the opportunity to learn about the world, see the world, and meet amazing people. Most importantly, I have something to look forward to every single day: playing music. I hope that all people find a passion that they look forward to doing every single day.
Music Education History
Full scholarship – Interlochen Arts Academy
Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance – Cleveland Institute of Music
Master of Music – Yale School of Music
Artist Diploma – Colburn Conservatory
I began my musical training at the Moscow Conservatory. At age 7, I was admitted into the Special Music School of Turkmenistan. While attending a summer camp at Interlochen Arts Academy, my brother signed us up to audition for their high school. We were admitted but could not afford to attend. After explaining our financial situation, they granted both of us full scholarships.
At the Cleveland Institute of Music for my undergraduate degree, I studied with Frank Cohen. For my Master’s degree, I studied with David Shifrin at Yale University. Then, I am honored to say that I was one of two clarinet students accepted into the Colburn Conservatory for my Artist Diploma, where I studied under Yehuda Gilad. Each teacher brought out different musical qualities that are a part of my sound today.
In 2014, I returned to Interlochen Arts Academy as an instructor of clarinet where I was able to help kids develop their passion for music. In 2017, I moved to Seattle to take the position of Associate Principal Clarinetist in the Seattle Symphony. I was contacted about teaching for Practicing Musician and am happy to be able to help so many students access music education via this service.
I am fortunate to have won numerous competitions, including: the Yale Chamber Music Society Competition, the Tuesday Music Club Competition, the Yamaha International Competition, the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition, the Glenn Miller Competition, and the 2004 Detroit (Bohemian) Concerto Competition.
I am also fortunate to have won the Harvard Musical Association Foote Prize Award and to have received the Yale School of Music’s Prestigious Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music.
I have enjoyed performing as a soloist in prestigious concert halls and venues, such as: Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Colton Hall, Severance Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Seiji Ozawa Hall, Paul Hall, Glinka Hall in Russia, Mahtumkuli Hall in Turkmenistan, and Wolsey Hall.
I have had the opportunity to collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma, Joseph Siverstein, Emanuel Ax, members from the Tokyo String Quartet, and Linden Quartet.