Julia Kovalev is a musicologist and pianist. She received her Master of Music degree with distinction from Petrozavodsk State Conservatory, Russia; and her Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Chernigov Music College, Ukraine. A highlight of her studies involved postgraduate research on Hildegard of Bingen, one of the first known women composers, which she conducted at The Russian Institute of the History of the Arts in St. Petersburg.
Julia’s principal piano teachers were Larisa Kolesnik and Lina Demchenko. She studied music theory with Larisa Soloshenko and Joseph Kon; music history with Vera Nilova and Anna Porfirieva; and composition with Margarita Demidenko. When she moved to New Jersey, she received additional training in Piano Pedagogy at Westminster Professional Development Certificate Program. Recently, she studied piano pedagogy with Ingrid Clarfield and Phyllis Lehrer at Westminster College of the Arts.
Ms. Kovalev began teaching piano, music theory and composition in her native town of Chernigov. She has taught at music schools and colleges in Ukraine, Russia and the United States. Her professional experience in Princeton area includes teaching at Hunterdon Academy of the Arts, and accompanying at Princeton Ballet School. She has been a faculty member of Westminster Conservatory of Music since 2011, and also teaches at the Conservatory’s Honors Music Program.
Julia Kovalev is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. She is a Board member of the NJMTA and the Coordinator of the MTNA Students Composition Competition in New Jersey.