Accompanist, Ensemble and Vocalise
Simona posseses a vast array of experience of playing piano and coaching both here in the Bay Area, and also in her home town of St. Petersburg, Russia. Simona studied for her Bachelor of Musical Arts in Piano at St. Petersburg Music College and went on to complete her Masters of Musical Arts in Piano and Postgraduate Studies in Piano and Chamber Music at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. After serving as the Staff Pianist and Principal Coach at St. Petersburg Conservatory and Mariinsky Theater for 10 years, Simona moved to Silicon Valley and and pursued her career as an accompanist and piano instructor. She first worked with Maestra Elena in 2002 as the rehearsal pianist to San Jose State University Concert Choir during their Spring tour of Southern California. Since then Simona has worked with Opera San Jose, coaching the vocal artists and accompanying them during such performances as Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, La Boheme and La Cenerentola among many more. In 2013 she once again coached the students of San Jose State University for their performance of The Marriage of Figaro. Also a performer, throughout her career Simona has given recitals and concerts in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Munich and in the Bay Area in San Francisco and in Palo Alto at the Annual Jewish Community Center Concert with Opera San Jose. Alongside her work as an accompanist and professional coach, Simona has a private studio where she teaches piano and voice lessons.