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Julia Kovalev is a musicologist and pianist. She received her Master of Music degree with distinction for her graduate thesis from Petrozavodsk State Conservatory, Russia; and her Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Chernigov Music College, Ukraine. Additionally, she has studied at the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts of Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, where she conducted her postgraduate research in music history.
She was exposed to classical music since a very early age and started playing piano in early childhood. Her 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.
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. Julia Kovalev maintains a private studio in Pennington, New Jersey, and is a faculty member of Westminster Conservatory of Music (since 2011). She is also on the faculty of Hunterdon Academy of the Arts in Flemington, New Jersey. Besides teaching, she enjoys a performing career as a piano accompanist at Princeton Ballet School and a church music director. Currently, she also studies harpsichord and baroque music with Gavin Black at Princeton Early Keyboard Center. She is an author of various choral settings, children’s piano pieces and transcriptions.
Julia Kovalev’s musicological research interests are focused around Byzantine and Western medieval music, music psychology, music for children, children’s music cognition and music as language.