ANASTASIA KULIKOVA, B.MUS (CAND.)
Russian born pianist Anastasia Kulikova first touched the piano at the age of 4. Her musical career began in 2006, when at the age of 8, Anastasia took first place at the International Piano Competition “Citta Di Pesaro” in Italy. Just a year later, she participated in “Hopes, Talents, Masters”, an international youth music festival competition in Bulgaria where she was awarded first place.
In 2008, Anastasia moved to Calgary, Alberta from where she continued her music studies with Dmitry Nesterov at the Mount Royal University Conservatory of Music. Since then, Anastasia has competed annually to great success at the Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival, Calgary Concerto Competitionand the Canadian Music Competition in which she was awarded 1st place with a mark of 95% in 2015. Aside from developing her career as a soloist, Anastasia is also an active chamber musician and was awarded 2nd place as a part of “Two Third Ninth Trio” at the National Music Festival in 2015.
Throughout her time in Canada, Anastasia has received many scholarships for her outstanding performance and last year was awarded the Catherine M. Gunn Memorial Principal Scholarship at the Calgary Performing Arts Festival, granted to the best pianist participating in the festival. Last November, Anastasia was chosen to compete as a semi-finalist in the prestigious OSM Manulife Competition which took place in the city of Montreal. In 2014, Anastasia was selected as the youngest of the 3 participants in Calgary Pro Musica’s Youth Artist Development Program which focuses on career development as well as public outreach at local elementary schools. Following her success in local festivals, Anastasia was featured in one of Calgary ProArts@Noon concerts and Calgary Pro Musica’s YADP Debut Concert. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Anastasia was selected as one of 60 students admitted on full scholarship to the prestigious Morningside Music Bridge International Summer Program and was privileged to have masterclasses with world-known artists like Marc Durand, John Perry and Kum Sing Lee.
In June 2016 Anastasia was awarded the Jean A. Chalmers scholarship and spent 2 weeks studying under the tutelage of the legendary Andre Laplante at the Orford Music Centre. Her recent engagements include a solo recital in Toronto as a featured young artist of Music Of Toronto and a solo recital in Russia. Anastasia is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance as a pupil of Marietta Orlov. Her ultimate goal is to be able to share her love for music with others though volunteering, teaching and performing.
Piano lessons are also available in Russian.
PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING
I use a variety of different teaching styles to suit each individual’s special needs, strengths and interests while encouraging the student to explore their boundaries and work towards accomplishing specific goals.
Music has the ability to connect different people, heal personal wounds and allow one to express them self in a creative, unique manner. I have been playing piano since I was 4 and music is something that I have always turned to during hard times. Over the years, music has influenced who I was, am and will be. Through my teaching I hope to inspire students to find their own voice in music – a special way in which they convey their thoughts, ideas and emotions to the world. I use a variety of different teaching styles to suit each individual’s special needs, strengths and interests while encouraging the student to explore their boundaries and work towards accomplishing specific goals.