Originally from Kurgan, Russia, Liudmila Khmeleva-Startsev received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and a Master of Music degree in Music Education from the Ural State Conservatory named after M.P. Musorgsky in Ekaterinburg, where she studied with professor M.G. Bogomaz. In 2004, Mila relocated to Colorado and is currently accompanist in the vocal, wind, brass & string studios as well as piano teacher at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Mila taught piano for seventeen years at the Kurgan College of Music in Russia. A nine-time winner of the Best Accompanist Contest, Mila also accompanied string and wind instruments as well as vocal soloist and choirs for twenty years. During those years, Mila played piano for various Catholic Churches in the Republic of Malta. Locally, Mila has accompanied in the Concerto Competition at the University of Denver, the Colorado Flute Association’s Young Performer Competition and the Annual Piano Celebration in Denver.
A mother of three children, Mila’s day outside of MSU Denver is filled with family, playing piano for Bethel Lutheran Church, and her private piano studio.