1994-2001
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Ph.D. in Music Theory. Dissertation entitled “Analytical Approaches to Large-scale Structure in the Music of Alexander Scriabin.” Dissertation Director: Allen Forte.

1999-2000
Moscow Conservatory of Music, Moscow, Russia. Independent study with Professor Yuri Kholopov on the music of Alexander Scriabin and on Russian music theory.

1992-1994
St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, St. Petersburg, Russia. Certificate in Cello Performance. Cello study with People’s Artist of the Russian Federation and Principal Cellist of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Anatoly Nikitine.

1989-1991
The Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York, USA. Master of Music in Cello Performance. Cello study with Barbara Stein Mallow. Thesis on the Brahms F-major Cello Sonata, advised by Carl Schachter.

1984-1989
Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA. Bachelor of Arts in Music. Honors composition project (three-movement work for chamber orchestra), advised by Ross Bauer and David Rakowski.