Resident of Little Rock, AR, since September 2004, Ms. Tatiana Kotcherguina is currently an active member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO), as well as the violin and viola faculty of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR. From 2004-2010 she was a member of the Sturgis String Quartet with the ASO.
Born and educated in Moscow, Russia, Tatiana Kotcherguina began her studies of violin and piano at age of 7. Honors graduate of Moscow State Conservatory, Tatiana also attended Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA; additionally, she is a certified instructor of Russian as a foreign language.
While in Moscow, Ms. Kotcherguina worked as Principal Violist for both the Moscow Chamber Orchestra (under V. Zverev, 1987 - 1990) and the Moscow Experimental Opera Theater (G. Provatorov, E. Kataev, 1990-1992.) In 1990 - 1992, Ms. Kotcherguina taught violin and viola at the Institute of Music & Pedagogy (Moscow, Russia.)
From 1992 – 1999, Tatiana resided in Mexico teaching at the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, and the Musical College of Fine Arts (Monterrey, NL) as a violin and viola teacher and a chamber music coach. She was also a member of Quarteto de Solistas (UAC), String Quartet "DUX", and Associate Principal Violist of the Symphony Orchestra OSUANL.
In 2001-2004, Ms. Kotcherguina served as Principal Viola with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Mississippi Opera in Jackson, MS, as well as a string teacher with the JPS String Program, also continuing her career as chamber musician with the MSO string quartet.
From 2005-2009, she taught violin, viola, and a String Quartet class at Henderson State University and since 2012 she is a faculty at University of Central Arkansas (Conway, AR.) Among her other teaching positions in Arkansas were the music school Rhythm88 in West Little Rock, the School for the Blind, and UALR.
Ms. Kotcherguina has recurring appearances in several summer camps and festivals: CICA International Music Festival in Eureka Springs, AR; Hot Summer Nights Festival and Summer Conservatory in Columbia, MO; Wildwood Performing Arts Academy (Little Rock, AR,) Summer Strings Camp and Chamber Music Series in Middleburg, VA, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Blue Lake, MI;) Sergey Taneev Festival (Dutkovo, Moscow, Russia;) and Jornadas Internacionales in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.
Many of Ms. Kotcherguina's pupils continued their studies in music in such schools as Hartt School of Music, Juilliard School of Music, Louisiana State University, Park University, Southern Mississippi University, Shenandoah University, UALR, University of Central Arkansas, University of Houston, University of Memphis, University of Oklahoma, Zurich Conservatory, among others, and have become performers, conductors, and teachers.