“Music without words means leaving behind the mind. And leaving behind the mind is meditation. Meditation returns you to the source. And the source of all is sound.”– Kabir (15th Century Indian Poet)
Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk graduated from Princeton University in 2015, with a concentration in Comparative Literature and certificates in Piano Performance and Translation Studies. A passionate advocate of the Music Department as a student, and having served as the Chair of the Princeton University Concerts Students Ambassadors, she was invited to remain on campus as the Department and Princeton University Concerts’ Marketing & Outreach Manager after graduation.
As a pianist, Dasha has enjoyed performing both as a soloist and a chamber musician throughout the U.S., Spain, France, Germany, Holland, and the U.K., while claiming top prizes at national and international competitions. Having completed a degree in Comparative Literature at Princeton University, focusing on the intersection between music and literature, Dasha continues to extend her love of music beyond performance. She most recently co-founded “Together in Music,” a chamber music camp for low-income youth in New York City.
Bachelor of Arts: Princeton University 2015
Private Piano Studies with Professor Miyoko Lotto
Semester Abroad at the Royal College of Music (London)
- Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Princeton University with Best Junior Paper Departmental Prize; Member of Behrmann Undergraduate Society of Fellows
- First Prize, Thousand Islands International Piano Competition
- Princeton University Concerto Competition
- First Prize, New York Chamber Players Piano Competition
- Top Three, Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition