Natasha Gudkov Ghent
Natasha Gudkov Ghent's early violin and theory studies were at the Russian Conservatory in Paris where her meeting with Ivan Galamian led to later violin studies with the master pedagogue in America. Further education included the High School of Music and Art, the Juilliard School of Music, Sarah Lawrence College, and studies with John Graziano at the City University of New York. A musical setting for Mihail Lermontov's poem, The Angel, has been a life-long ambition rooted in her tri-lingual childhood. She writes, "My recently published Cantata, The Angel, through the auspices of the Hildegard Publishing Company, is dedicated to my daughter, Valerie, whose voice I knew would evoke and embody the beauty of Lermontov's Russian verse."