M.D., State Kiev Conservatory
experience since 1972
Margarita Sturman was born in Kiev, Ukraine where she began taking piano lessons at the age of six and immediately felt a connection with what would become a life-long passion. Margarita graduated with honors and continued her music education at the Reinhold Glière Music University in Kiev. Upon graduation with honors from Glière, she entered the Kiev State Conservatory where she studied under such famous Russian musicians as Professor I. Raibov (piano), Professor J. Fastovskiy (chamber music), Professor G. Nikolayenko (accompaniment) and Professor B. Milich (music theory). While studying at the Kiev State Conservatory, Margarita performed numerous times in the famous Grand Recital Hall of the Kiev State Conservatory as well as a soloist and accompanist at the Kiev State Philharmonic. Upon graduation, Margarita received her Master of Music degree as a soloist, accompanist, and music educator. She began teaching piano and fell in love with a profession she would perfect over the next three decades. In 1992, her family moved from the Ukraine to the United States where she spent 14 years teaching piano studnets of all ages at the Brooklyn Music School and Shostakovich Music School. In 2006, Margarita moved to New Jersey and began teaching at Wharton's Performing Arts School. Today Margarita brings her love of music along with a broad knowledge of piano technique and classical music for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students through contemporary musical methods of teaching. She brings over thirty years of experience as a piano teacher and accompanist. A nominee and winner of numerous awards, including a rare Ministry of Culture honorary award for achievements in excellence in teaching, and the development of understanding and appreciation of music in children.