Dasha was born in Russia, Moscow, in 1991. She has moved to Australia with her family in 1996. Her first violin lessons began when she was five and a half under the direction of her grandparents, respected Russian violin pedagogues. Dasha has won many Esteddfod competitions and Musical Society of Victoria Awards starting from early age.
At 11 years old Dasha won Dick Teychenne Memorial Scholarship in Open Section of Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod and was awarded AMusA in violin. Two years later she gained LMusA with distinction. In 2004 she was awarded Paul McDermott Violin Scholarship presented by Australian Strings Association. Also in 2004 Dasha was awarded full scholarship to the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Later in the year 2004 she has received a full academic and music scholarship at Firbank Grammar School, where she has been studying since 2005. She was also offered a scholarship as a Young Academy Musician at “Young Academy” based in National Academy of Music in 2005. Dasha has studied her principal instrument, violin, with Alice Waten, Head of Strings at ANAM.
In July 2005 Dasha was invited to perform at the 3MBS FM "30th Anniversary Celebration Concert and Outside Broadcast" at BMW Edge in Melbourne. In 2006 Dasha has received First Prize in String Section | 25 years and under as well as Concerto Section at Dandenong Festival Of Music and Art for Youth. Since 2006 Dasha has been studying with Melbourne University Professor, Nelli Shkolnikova.
Education2003 - Awarded an Associate Diploma in Music | Violin
2003 - Was offered enrolment at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School | equivalent of winning a major scholarship that is provided by the Victorian State Government
2004 - Was offered full Academic and Music Schoolarship at Firbank Grammar School
2005 – Was offered a scholarship as a Young Academy Musician at at “Young Academy” based in National Academy of Music.
Although Dasha is only 15 years old, she really surprises
people with a mature performance and great technique. Performing with
Gypsy Swing, Concertino Trio and Tzigani she has developed into a most
unusual and successful member of these bands, winning the hearts of her
audience. Dasha is a versatile violinist. She maintains a highly professional
attitude weather she is performing as a soloist in a recital or joins
other musicians in a journey through world music tunes.