Although Dasha started her musical journey on violin at age seven, the more unusual and mysterious allure of the viola led her to take up the instrument towards the end of primary school. Since completing her AMusA diploma on violin in 2017, she has had a greater focus on viola, inspired by her participation in Melbourne Youth Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp. Dasha appreciates the unique inner voice of the viola, relishing its ability to blend with and complement other parts with many interwoven harmonies and counter melodies. Her partiality to the obscure and esoteric has strengthened her affinity with the viola, as has meeting other like-minded violists.
2019 highlights for Dasha included: being selected to perform solo at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of VCE Top Class; participating in ANAM Side by Side projects with both the West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras; and the opportunity to work with exuberant maestro Gábor Takács-Nagy in two orchestral concerts as well as a chamber music masterclass with Quartet Estelle. Being especially fond of choral singing during her high-school years, Dasha was also excited to partake in the VOCES8 workshop and residency.
In 2020, Dasha looks forward to continuing her training at ANAM with Caroline Henbest and being involved in further programs with the Australian Youth Orchestra. When not making or listening to music, Dasha may be found reading an eclectic selection of books, learning languages, playing futsal, or writing poetry.
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