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Radina D.


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Piano: all ages, beginner through advanced
Theory/Composition: all ages, beginner through advanced

Radina was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she began her music studies at the age of 5. She lived for several years in Africa with her family, where she learned about different types of music and cultures. In 2003 she moved to the United States with her family and in 2008 she completed her music education at the Levine School of Music and her high school education at George Mason High School.

She went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Music and Sociology from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, followed by a Master’s degree in Music Theory and Composition from East Carolina University in North Carolina. Radina then continued her studies and received a second Master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy from George Mason University in Virginia.

In 2016, she was a recipient of the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Scholarship for the Mason Community Arts Academy. Radina is currently studying and teaching at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she is a doctoral candidate in Piano Pedagogy. Radina currently studies piano with Dr. Nikita Fitenko and piano pedagogy with Dr. James Litzelman.

Radina is a member of MTNA, NVMTA, and BMI, and is a music theory, composition, and piano teacher in the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas. Radina has extensive teaching experience, both in classroom and private settings, and she welcomes students of all ages and levels. In addition to teaching, playing the piano, and composing, Radina also played prima domra in the American Balalaika Symphony under the direction of Peter Trofimenko for 10 years. Radina has performed in numerous concerts of the orchestra in the Washington D.C. area. Radina joined the Washington Balalaika Society in 2019, and has already performed in several concerts of the orchestra.

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