Dr. Vera Ilyushina was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. Growing up in a very musical family she started her first music lessons at the age of 2. At the age of 7 she was accepted to a prestigious Special Music School under St.-Petersburg Conservatory, where she studied with V. Dobrynina, and later on with S. Shalman.
Shortly after her graduation from the acclaimed St. Petersburg Conservatory with a Master's Degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy (class of Prof. A. Shustin) she moved to the United States to continue her education at the SUNY at Stony Brook, where she was awarded a full ride scholarship and teaching assistanship. There she studied with the renowned violinist Lazar Gosman and received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance in 2001.
After graduating Dr. Ilyushina she moved to Atlanta, where she performed with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Opera and the Atlanta Ballet. In 2009 she founded Lark Chamber Music, a chamber music group that performs recitals and classical music for private functions.
Dr. Vera Ilyushina was always very passionate about teaching violin, and has 25 years of teaching experience. She successfully prepared students for college auditions and competitions. Her students were selected into GYSO, ASYO, All State and Cobb Honor Orchestra.
Currently Dr. Ilyushina and her husband reside in East Cobb. She divides her time between performances, violin studio, and taking care of their three sons, dog Leo, and two cats, Tom and Giselle.