Musicologist, in 1989 graduated from the Leningrad State conservatoire named after N. Rimsky-Korsakov having presented a diploma work "Book of Morike Songs" in the context of H. Wolf oeuvre". In Rimsky-Korsakov Memorial Museum-Apartment she came in 1988 as a senior researcher, and from 2004 was nominated as a director of the Museum. During these years she organized numerous concerts and events, she annually developed several lectures cycles ("Quartet's meetings", "Portraits of composers in their letters, memoires", "Rimsky-Korsakov in the context of two epochs"). A special interest from public was gained by the cycle of concerts "Magic kaleidoscope" with including rarely performed and less known works. In the course of this cycle the children opera "Little Red Riding Hood" by Cesar Kui was performed.
Nina Kostenko participated in several international conferences (incl. II International conference "Composers' museums today" in 1998, St Petersburg Conservatoire Manuscript department readings in 1987)
In 2000 she won a scholarship from Wagner society in St Petersburg. At present she continues collaborating with Wagner society and organization "Petersburg musical youth", having maintained the links between the Museum and young talented musicians.
She is one of authors-editors of the jubilee edition "Museum of theatre and music art. The chronicle of the century. 1908-2008" (St Petersburg, 2008); author of afterword for a book "N. Rimsky-Korsakov. From family correspondence" (St Petersburg, 2008), author of booklets and museum guides.
Dr Lidia Ader is a musicologist, senior researcher of the Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov Apartment and Museum (from 2006). Lidia Ader specializes on contemporary art and music, interdisciplinary studies in arts, Soviet music history and avant-garde, Microtonal music. She is an author of articles in Russian, English, German, French, Polish and Serbian, commentaries, lists of works and indexes, member of the editorial board of Vol. 4 of M. S. Druskin Collected works Igor Stravinsky (St. Petersburg, 2009), editor in chief of an Russian-English conference proceeding Rimsky-Korsakov and his Heritage in Historical perspective, organizer of several international musicological conferences (incl. 2010: N. Rimsky-Korsakov and his Heritage in Historical Perspective, 2011: In Diaghilev’s circle: An Impresario in dialogue with composers).
Musicologist, researcher at the Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov memorial Apartment-Museum (from 2011), student of the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory (Prof. Dr. Natalya Degtyareva).
Her research interests include film music (particularly music of silent movies and film music of Charlie Chaplin), synesthesia, music by female composers from Baroque to the present day. Mariya is an author of articles about film music, reviews, annotations for concerts and festivals. A member of a Youth department of the Composers Union, a member of the project Young Russian composers the book-almanac, which includes articles about 36 contemporary young composers of Russia (Moscow, 2010).
Theatre expert. She graduated from the Leningrad state theatre institute in 1950. She worked as an guide in literary museums Pushkin Museum-Apartment, Lyceum (Tsarskoe selo), Literary museum (Institute of Russian Literature, Pushkin House). From 1956 she worked in the Museum of theatre and music art as a guide, head of mass and research departments, vice-director of research work. Under her leadership there were organized two branches of Theatre museum: Rimsky-Korsakov Memorial Apartment (1971), Shalyapin museum and exposition for history of Russian musical theatre (1975).
At present she is retired. She is a member of Unity of theatre workers of Russian Federation. As a citizen of Leningrad during the siege she was awarded by medals and diplomas. She was also awarded by governor of St Petersburg as a 50-years worker at the Museum and by Unity of theatre workers for Impact for preserving and developing the culture and art of St Petersburg.