What made me love music: Fotina Naumenko


When I was little, my sister and I would play records on my parents’ turntable and make up dances to whatever repertoire we had chosen on any particular day.

I remember that the carpet in our living room had a large circular pattern on it, and I would spend hours jumping and spinning around it.

Some of our favorite choices were Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, in keeping with my family’s Russian heritage.

Now that I think about it, kudos to my parents for encouraging such a good way for us to let out energy!

Nowadays, I am a vocalist, and not a dancer or orchestral musician: but these early experiences paved the way for my love of the arts and gave me my first taste of the rich and varied creative palate available to us!

Fotina Naumenko, soprano