Born in 1935 in Ryazan. In 1954 graduated from Ryazan Music College and in 1959 — from the Department of Music Theory and Composition of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 1962 she completed her postgraduate studies at Moscow Conservatory under Leo A. Mazel. From 1959 till 1984 she taught at Gnessins Music College. Since 1960 to the present she teaches at Moscow Conservatory (since 1980 — Full Prof.). Since 1991 she has been the Head of the Department of Interdisciplinary Specializations for Musicologists, which was established that year upon her initiative, teaching the course “Music as a Form of Art”. From 1993 till 2001 she was the Dean of the Department of Proficiency Enchancement of Moscow Conservatory. She also taught at the Central Peking Conservatory, the Central Shanghai Conservatory and at Moscow State Lomonosov University. Ph. D. thesis: “Problems of Rhythm in the Works by the 20th Century Composers” (1965, defended in 1968). Doctor of Fine Arts; thesis: “Musical Rhythm in Russian Music” (1985). In 2011 she was awarded the title of Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. She published over 25 books and about 500 articles.