Svetlana Tsivinskaya

At age 6, Svetlana (Lana) fell in love with playing the violin, and her passion for classical music began. Her diverse interests within classical music culminated with both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Music College and State Music Conservatory in her native Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She earned specialized certifications in violin performance, chamber and quartet class, and violin education.

Svetlana immigrated to the U.S. in 2005 as she aspired to push her performance and instruction level higher. She participated in Oberlin Conservatory's Summer Baroque Performance Institute where she studied with Marilyn McDonald and Mark Destrube. She attained her Doctorate in Musical Arts from Michigan State University (MSU) in 2014, under the instruction of Dr. Walter Verdehr in the violin and Prof. Yuri Gandelsman in the viola.

Svetlana is currently based in Novi, Michigan, where she teaches from her own Strings Arts Studio. In 2018, Svetlana joined the faculty at Schoolcraft College with her String Chamber Ensemble, and teaches applied violin & viola classes.

Svetlana has performed with several Michigan orchestras including the Michigan Opera Theatre, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Livonia Symphony (where she now serves as Concertmaster), et al. She is also a founding member of the Fantasy Strings Trio, which collaborated with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Heart, in 2011 performance at Caesar's Casino in Windsor. In 2017, Svetlana was featured soloist in a highly acclaimed performance of the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 (op. 26, G minor) accompanied by the Livonia Symphony Orchestra. 

In 2014, Svetlana and Natalia Tokar (piano) recorded a CD with selected works from Robert Schumann at Blue Griffin Recording Studio. The CD, “Schumann’s Enigma: An Exploration of Robert Schumann’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano,” contains performances of Schumann's violin and piano Sonatas Op. 105 and Op. 121 that reveal deep, hidden layers of these works through the unconventional, sensitive approach of the performers. The CD also includes a booklet that explores the coding of Schumann's name in his works with extensive annotations by Svetlana. She provides significant evidence of the presence of the composer's alter egos Florestan and Eusebius. Throughout her career, Svetlana’s playing and original research have been praised by WholeNote writer and critic Terry Robbins. Also, Svetlana’s recent recording attracted national attention of music critic Daniel Kepl, who interviewed Svetlana in February 2019.