Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, I fell in love with the sound of electric guitar after hearing Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. I immediately set out to replicate the sound and feel of the music and discovered that everything I love to listen to and play anything that has a connection to Blues. However, my tastes have also evolved, so that I now enjoy a variety of diverse styles that were originally connected to the blues, including rockabilly, swing, jump blues, jazz, and Jamaican ska. My favorite guitarists include Brian Setzer, Rev. Horton Heat, Cliff Gallup, Angus & Malcolm Young, T-Bone Walker, Albert Collins, Freddie King, Charlie Christian, Jimi Hendrix, Ernest Ranglin, and Mark Ribbot.
In 1998 I moved to New York to realize my dream of playing with American musicians, learning new styles, and improving my guitar technique. I met and played with Ashantee, former vocalist with Temptations, and some other great performers. As part of City College curriculum I played and perform with the Latin Band under the guidance of Arturo O’Farrell. I recorded and played on many albums, lately concentrating on my own music.
I’m just as enthusiastic about performing music as well as teaching it, which was why I studied for a degree in music education. Being an experienced instructor, I understand the importance of recognizing students’ natural talents, and further develop them with strong technique in order to achieve their maximum potential.