U N I T E D S T A T E S
Svetlana Tsivinskaya grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she started playing the violin when she was six years old. Throughout her career, her diverse cultural environment and focused musical studies have shaped her into an accomplished, versatile violinist.
During her training in Russia, Svetlana performed as a soloist, as part of a chamber trio, and also with numerous orchestras. Her performances have graced the stages of St. Petersburg's Great Philharmonic Hall, Glazunov Hall and Court Chapel Hall - encompassing some of the greatest experiences of her youth.
After receiving her Masters Degree in violin and chamber performance from the State Music Conservatory in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Svetlana immigrated to the United States. She made her home in the metro-Detroit region and has since played with orchestras all over Michigan, including the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Oakland Symphony Orchestra amongst others.
A special interest in performance of early Baroque music led Svetlana to participate in a program at the Baroque Performance Institute at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Marilyn McDonald and Mark Destrube in 2007.
Her drive for higher education ultimately brought Svetlana to Michigan State University where, in 2014, she earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in violin performance. She credits her professors, Dr. Walter Verdehr and Dr. Yuri Gandelsman for helping her to reveal the deeper colors of music and to achieve a variety of performing successes.
Her drive to look for underlying musical meanings brought her to musicological and theoretical research that led her into making original discoveries in the works of Robert Schumann's sonatas for violin and piano. This drive also led to her advocacy of the underperformed contemporary Violin Concerto by Lee Actor, inspiring her to analyze, perform and popularize the score.
Currently, Svetlana runs "Strings Art Studio" where she teaches violin and viola. Her contagious passion for music has helped her students receive scholarships to nationally ranked universities.
Svetlana has given acclaimed recitals in the halls of the Kerrytown Concert House, the Steinway Gallery of Detroit, and the Ecumenical Seminary of Detroit. She is engaged in various projects including performing as a soloist with the Livonia Symphony Orchestra in February, 2017.
Svetlana recently released her debut CD, "Schumann's Enigma", on the Blue Griffin label.