A native of Washington state, Katherine Kononova began her piano education at the age of 6 with private piano lessons, followed by violin and organ lessons. Throughout primary and secondary school, she performed and competed in a variety of local and regional piano competitions and conventions. She began teaching piano students in high school, who were referred by her piano teacher, Cathy Rosandich Elofson. During high school, she also took private piano lessons at Central Washington University with Dr. John Pickett.

She was granted a piano scholarship to attend Walla Walla University, and studied under Dr. Leonard Richter. After moving to Tucson, Arizona to continue her undergraduate studies, she continued studying classical piano at the University of Arizona under the direction of Dr. Rex Woods, while pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Humanities and simultaneously completing the pre-med curriculum requirements.

She has a Medical Degree (M.D.) from the Autonomous University of Gualadajara and attended A. T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona for 4 years, applying and interviewing during her fourth year to the Residency Match Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  However, she chose to focus on her newborn baby and stepped away from a promising Residency program.

Katherine started her own private piano studio in 2012.  She has also taught piano at the local Jewish Community Center; taught music education at Desert Valley Christian school (k-8) and enjoys playing piano regularly at her church, Desert Valley SDA church, and performing for private events and weddings.

Katherine and her family moved from Tucson to Chandler in July 2022 to offer more basketball opportunities to their son. She teaches all ages, genres, and levels. Besides piano and music, she has taught high school Spanish at the Rising School and loves creating memories with her husband and 12 year old son. When they are not attending his basketball games and tournaments she will be working out, running, or providing Nutrition and Life coaching.

She is passionate about sharing her love for music, piano, and teaching.

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