Svetlana Tsivinskaya grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she started playing the violin when she was six years old. Throughout her career, her diverse cultural environment and focused musical studies have shaped her into an accomplished, versatile violinist.
During her training in Russia, Svetlana performed as a soloist, as part of a chamber trio, and also with numerous orchestras. Her performances have graced the stages of St. Petersburg's Great Philharmonic Hall, Glazunov Hall and Court Chapel Hall - exploiting some of the greatest experiences of her youth.
After receiving her Masters degree in Violin Performance, Violin Pedagogy and Chamber Performance from the State Music Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Svetlana immigrated to the United States. She made her home in the metro-Detroit region and has since played with orchestras all over Michigan, including the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Oakland Symphony Orchestra amongst others.
Her drive for higher education ultimately brought Svetlana to Michigan State University where, in 2014, she earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in violin performance. She credits her professors, Dr. Walter Verdehr (violin class) and Dr. Yuri Gandelsman (viola class) for helping her reveal the deeper colors of music and achieve variety of performing successes.
Svetlana's curiosity to look for underlying musical meanings inspired her musicological and theoretical research, which led to original discoveries in Robert Schumann's sonatas for violin and piano. These discoveries guided her performances on her recently released CD, "Schumann's Enigma: An Exploration of Robert Schumann's Sonatas for Violin and Piano" which is available on the Blue Griffin label. The Whole Note, Strings Attached-February 2017 published a review on the CD that acknowledged the merit of the recording and Svetlana's writing.
Svetlana is a dedicated teacher to many students of hers at her private Strings Art Studio and at the Expressions Music Academy. While teaching for more than 17 years Svetlana developed a number of methods and strategies to work with variety of students of all ages. Caring, kind and sensitive to distinct personality of a student approaches are basics of her work with any of her students. Her contagious passion for music has helped her students receive scholarships to nationally ranked universities. Svetlana was featured as a soloist with Max Bruch Violin Concerto in G minor with Livonia Symphony Orchestra in February 2017, and was guest-concertmaster for the orchestra for two of its 2016-2017 season performances. As a founding member of "Fantasy Strings Trio" Svetlana collaborated with the Canadian Rock band "Heart" at the Caesar's Casino in Windsor in 2011. In recent seasons Svetlana has given recitals at Kerrytown Concert House, the Steinway Gallery of Detroit, the Ecumenical Seminary of Detroit and the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor.