What brought you to the world of music?
The church choir brought me to the world of music: my dad is an Orthodox priest, and I have been singing in the choir since I was a child. In general, everyone in our big family has always sung, so it could be said that I have been singing since birth. However, I first chose pedagogy as my professional path. I graduated from the Moscow Pedagogical University and was engaged in organizing leisure activities for children and adolescents. But the interest in music still outweighed, and I entered the Venice Conservatory.
What does music mean to you?
I really love beautiful vocals. The vocals, like the music itself, live inside me, and I want to always stay in this sound.
Is there a work of music that shocked you?
I am an emotional person, so this happens to me quite often. I greatly enjoy some parts of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem. This is an emotional shake-up that anyone needs. Once I had a chance to perform the Requiem in the Great Hall of the Philharmonic. You know, there are 5D, 6D cinemas, but it's all-D, all senses at once. Schnittke's Choir Concerto set to the lyrics by Grigor Narekatsi simply won me over. One day, right at a concert while performing I felt a tear flowing down my cheek. Some people say that it is wrong to reach such an uncontrollable state. But I like it. I like those feelings.
If you had the opportunity to change one thing in the world, what would you change?
I am categorically against cruelty to children. I know what it is, so I would really like to stop that. I would like the strong never to offend the helpless…
What do you dream about?
I wish my parents see my progress and rejoice. This is what any parent wants — I know. If this happens, then my children will see it and act accordingly. The sequence will continue, and everything will be fine in the families.
What do you value most in working with musicAeterna?
The first thing that comes to my mind is the purity of execution. In the working process, such a crystal clear sound is achieved that it fascinates and surprises. Moreover, I'm trying to compare musicAeterna's performance with the versions of other choirs, and I can't find such a clear sound anywhere else. That's what my soul was drawn to. Besides, I have never met such a warm and sincere team.