Music and storytelling have been a huge part of Monika's life for a long time. She took piano and singing lessons as a child, later on adding composition lessons to that. Passionate about literature and cinema, she devoured books and acquainted herself with classics of Hollywood and European cinema.
In 2016, Monika won the Grand Prix of Moscow Composer House in Composition and Arrangement, which sealed her intention of becoming a composer. That year she also left her city of birth, Moscow, and went to study composition in Trinity Laban Conservatoire (London), where she had the chance to hone her composition, orchestration and conducting skills, building on previous experience with classical music. It was there that Monika realized that what she wanted to do was scoring for media, combining her two loves – that of music and storytelling!
During her time in London, she also developed a keen interest in experimental electronic and dance music, studying Advanced Sound Design and Music Production with Point Blank Music School. Adding these tools to her composer kit helped Monika to further develop her musical language, especially in scoring science fiction, horror and thriller projects.
Monika has been fortunate to work with student and early-career directors from all over the world: Russia, UK, France, Australia, with projects ranging from light-hearted animation to horror. One of the last short films I worked on, RIO, has been included into many film festivals, including Oscar-qualifying Palm Springs International Shortfest and Nashville Film Festival and winning Best International Film in Sechsuechte, Tel Aviv and Orvieto Film Festivals.
From 2016 on, Monika has also been working in Creations in Music – a London-based company that provides bespoke music services for events, in the role of music assistant. Her role is writing additional music and making mock ups.
In addition to developing relationships with student and early career directors, Monika works in advertising and provided music for clients such as Gucci Russia and Tiffany and created an audio logo for a Russian real estate company.