Very Creative Director | Astronaut-in-Training | Pilot | Pianist | Creator | Scientist

Anna Parsec

Life Rules

When I am too lazy to walk, I run.

It is never too early to start doing something.

There is nothing more permanent than temporary. Russian saying.

When I look at the Moon, I imagine myself living in a house there.

Making the bed really neatly makes me feel good and excited about the day.

I plan to get the pilot licence first. Then a diving licence. Then a sailing licence. Only after I sorted the essentials, I’ll get a driving licence.

Consistency is key.

Life Stories

To my great surprise, I am a 5th generation of Chopin’s students. My current piano teacher Dominic Seligman was taught by Phyllis Selick who polished her virtuoso playing in Paris under supervision of Isidor Philipp who was taught by George Mathias. ‘Mathias had been the one student of Chopin who absorbed all the wisdom and value in piano pedagogy that Chopin had developed over his life’.

As a child I woke up just at the moment of seeing Jupiter and Saturn with my own eyes. I painted that night vision. Since then it looks like many things I do help me to head in that direction – yes, interplanetary travel. I will be the first person to see Saturn with my own eyes while I am standing on the bridge of my spaceship. I will also visit Titan as part of my adventure.

When my primary school teacher asked us, schoolkids, to write who we want to become when we grow up, I took a golden pen and wrote with great confidence ‘I want to become a Special Agent’. I meant an intelligence office inspired by James Bond series. I believe that was the only way to implement the diversity of my talents. Back then I had no real skills but a great deal of self-believe and confidence in my ability to learn anything I need and want.

Apparently, I am a natural Wabi-sabi follower! The wabi-sabi aesthetic is sometimes described as one of appreciating beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature.

Values

  1. Honesty
  2. Fairness
  3. Clarity
  4. Accountability
  5. Simplicity
  6. Beauty
  7. Efficiency
  8. Courage

Hobbies

  • Space travel
  • Flying light aircrafts
  • Playing piano
  • Museums & Opera
  • Stargazing
  • Hiking

Interesting Facts

  • Wants to travel space in 2031
  • 5th generation Chopin student

"There is nothing more permeant than temporary"

Space

I would say that is my primary area of interest. It is more of a lifestyle, and everything is blended in into cosmos, astronomy, space travel, science, magic. I have always had lots of fascination for space but I had never tried to apply it to my life. However, at some point it just occurred to me that I should become an astronaut, interplanetary explorer and discoverer. I also like setting impossible goals and make them possible. Going to space on a mission was the craziest thing I could think of – so it is my goal now. Loving my life after making that decision – going to space. Life on Earth became much more vivid and eventful.

adventure in cornwall with anna

Flying

Flying blends in nicely into the idea of going to space. However, I thought of flying even before becoming an astronaut. Even though at the moment I consider flying just as a first step in my astronaut training, flying had been already on my radar. But again, it seemed too expensive, too impossible and too challenging. I think all of these ‘too’ made me do it. It was so over ‘too’, that I couldn’t not do it. Plus, I met someone who started doing that and it all made me realise how possible it was with just a little bit of effort. I am working on my Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) at the moment. After that I’ll get Private Pilot Licence. I do plan to become a flight instructor and test pilot as well.

Piano

I started playing piano when I was 11 years old. My first teacher was Anna Dmitrieva in Saint Petersburg. She taught me everything. Most important thing that I learnt was to love music and love practicing and playing piano. Not the most obvious thing that you would think of teaching but I think it’s the most crucial for anything. I played lots of Chopin but also Liszt, Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Brahms to name a few. I definitely tend to play mainly classical pieces. Dreaming of playing in a chamber orchestras and performing on stage. These days I am teaching piano to further generations of pianists. Currently being taught by Dominic Seligman who helps with reaching a professional, rich sound as well as a spirit of a performer.

Hiking

I had never thought of a hiking as a thing until I did my first hikes around Peak District. After that I realised how beautiful, invigorating, challenging and peaceful this activity is. I love setting off on a rainy day in Edale, Peak District, with a flask of hot tea and camera. I do dream of upgrading my game with waterproof hiking clothes and life saving sets.

Opera

I have been to many operas in my life. I especially love listening to Maria Callas’ arias, Giacomo Puccini’s operas and Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle. Sometimes I have phases when I read about one opera from a book I have – 111 operas – and then listen to that opera on Spotify. The next day I’d read about the next one and listen to the whole thing as well. Obviously, nothing beats going to see an opera that I know very well and sit in a theatrical darkness while waiting for my favourite arias.

anna going to the opera

Art

Not such a long time ago Art was the main and primarily only thing on my mind. I loved going to museums and galleries, volunteering there because I dreamt of building a career in that area. However, at some point I realised the industry is too rigid for what I want to do in life. Plus I have realised that I do not need to be working in that environment – I can simply surround myself with art. Quite obvious and simple but was a major revelation of my life.