Daria Tennikova, Piano
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Daria Tennikova (b. 1989) is a Russian-born composer and pianist, residing in the United States since 2009. She holds a degree in Collaborative Piano Performance from St.Petersburg Mussorgsky College of Music (piano studio of Liudmila Sinyagovskaya), where she also studied composition with Vladimir Sokolov. Later Daria received a B.M. Degree in Composition from University of Wisconsin-Madison, under the mentorship of Laura Schwendinger, here she also studied with Stephen Dembski and Les Thimmig; and M.M. Degree from Rice University, where her teachers included Anthony Brand, Richard Lavenda and Pierre Jalbert. She is currently back at UW-Madison, pursuing her D.M.A. in Composition in Laura Schwendiger’s studio, along with the minor in Piano Performance in the studio of Jessica Johnson. In her current developmental artistic stage Daria is exploring a particularly intimate connection to the music of W.A. Mozart, F. Chopin, S. Rachmaninoff, A. Scriabin, and S. Prokofiev. She is an avid music educator for kids and adults, and had a private piano studio of young pupils in NYC for four years prior to beginning her Doctoral Studies.