Ms. Varya Milinder was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She graduated from Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music majoring in Piano Performance and holds a Theater History Degree from St. Petersburg Theater Academy. She continued her Vocal Studies at St. Petersburg State Conservatory.
As a piano teacher Varya has more than 25 years of teaching experience. Since moving to Bay Area ten years ago she has been teaching voice and piano, from beginning students to adults.
Ms. Milinder had developed an extensive concert career as vocalist and collaborative pianist. Her singing highlights include International Music Festival “Spanish Nights” and production of L’arbore di Diana by Martin y Soler, series of thematic recitals at Yusupov Palace and St. Petersburg Polytechnic Institute, performances at Dutch and Polish consulates, and recitals at Sheremetev Palace and Rimsky-Korsakov Museum. She also recorded CD of songs “Music for a While” with Tatiana Shtoda.
Varya performed the role of Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo for the Opera Academy of California and also sang recitals with Russian Chamber Orchestra, at Berkeley Piano Club, at Bellevue Club in Oakland, St.Michael’s Ukranian Orthodox Church in San Francisco and Bon Vivant in Palo Alto, CA. She served as the Chorus Master and also sang in West Edge Opera production of Donizetti’s Poliuto. As a collaborative pianist she specializes working with singers, as well as with string and woodwind instruments.
Ms. Varya is an active member of California Music Teachers Association. As an experienced teacher and performer, Ms. Varya welcomes students of all ages and levels interested in piano lessons.