At the age of five I became fascinated by wood carving and at the age of eleven, I was apprenticed to instrument maker Vladimir Oiberman in Nalchik.
I also studied with Vladimir Yakimenko in St. Petersburg and Luca Primon in Milan.
I graduated from St.-Petersburg and Brussels Conservatoires as a violinist.
I worked with La Petite Bande, Ricercar Consort and Bach Collegium Japan among others, both as a violin designer and researcher, soloist and as a member of chamber music ensembles.
I taught at The School of Arts and Crafts in Pieve di Cento (Ferrara), at the conservatoires of The Hague and Utrecht, at Daikanyama Academy of Music and at the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo.