Born in Smolensk. Graduated from the Music Theory and Composition Department, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (1951), where she attended Prof. I. V. Sposobin’s class, and in 1954 completed her postgraduate studies with the same Professor. Since 1954 she has been teaching at the Moscow Conservatory, first at the Instrumentation Subdepartment, then at the Music Theory Subdepartment. She teaches symphonic score reading and gives lectures on the history of orchestral styles and the history of notation. She also gives a special course in the avantgarde Soviet music of 1920ies at the History of Russian Music Subdepartment. She is the author of several books and numerous articles. Doctor of Arts (1978), Professor (1981). Honored Art Worker of the Russian Federation (1994). In 2008 she was awarded the order «Professional of Russia».