Taisiya Sokolova is a violist who is equally experienced soloist, chamber musician, and an orchestra player. She is currently a Violist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as well as a member of some other groups such as Illinois Symphony, Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, and The Symphony of the Lakes. In addition, she teaches and performs recitals in Chicago area.
Sokolova was born in Moscow, Russia in 1992, and graduated from Gnessin Special School of Music in 2011. She then attended the Colburn Academy for Young Artists. She graduated from Indiana University South Bend with Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has studied with Atar Arad, Li-Kuo Chang, Luis Vargas, and Paul Coletti. Taisiya is a prize winner of numerous competitions, such as MTNA State Competition in 2014 and 2015, Imperial Symphony Orchestra Young Artists competition in 2014, and the International Competition “21st Century Art” in Kiev, Ukraine in 2009.
Taisiya has performed in Russia, Turkey, Israel, Germany and USA. Taisiya made her debut as a soloist with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra in Lakeland, Florida in March of 2014. In August of 2015, she has appeared with the Philarmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante in Perugia, Italy. She is also an avid chamber musician, and appeared in festivals such as Leutkirch Sommerakademie, Heifetz Music Institute, Red Rock Music Festival, and MusicFestPerugia. Taisiya plays on a Viola made by Eric Benning in Los Angeles.
I enjoy introducing children to the world of music. Music is an emotional outlet and develops mental function. Playing an instrument creates the sense of a purpose and disciplines the child. I love contributing to the development of the child with music lessons.
Taisiya is an excellent viola teacher. She tailors the lessons to your goals and makes sure to emphasize your strengths while providing careful feedback on your weaknesses. She is great at explaining concepts and can always provide a nice demonstration of techniques while explaining them well enough to try myself. She also puts a lot of effort into organizing studio recitals so that students can showcase what they've been working on every few months.
Taisiya has been wonderful with my eight year old daughter! Her violin instruction is technically solid yet she also finds way to make the lessons fun. I’ve noticed a lot of progress with my daughter, as she is excited to play, and even practice! Taisiya relates well to her, inspires her and has a lovely personality. She’s also very easy to work with and willing to be flexible at times to accommodate our family’s crazy schedule!
She is incredibly patient and very good at communicating and connecting with her students. She has been a big motivator for my daughter, who was ready to quit violin lessons. An excellent teacher I highly recommend.
The teachers at Play Music Chicago were all incredibly helpful and generous with their time and knowledge. I really enjoyed working with them, and my playing definitely improved greatly thanks to them.