As an orchestral musician Svetlana held the position of Associate Principal Cello with the Rheinische Philharmonie and has worked with the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony and Singapore Symphony Orchestras. She has also toured Europe as a principal cellist of the ensemble Double Sens.
She is a founding member of the critically acclaimed trio, Ensemble Liaison and has appeared with many other major ensembles including the Australia Ensemble@UNSW. With Ensemble Liaison she directs and performs an annual three-concert series at the Melbourne Recital Centre along with regular performances for Musica Viva, ABC Classic, and appearances at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music Townsville, the Port Fairy Music Festival and the Woodend Winter Arts festivals. She has collaborated with many wonderful Australian and international artists including Nemanja Radulović, Ray Chen, Anthony Marwood, James Crab, Emma Matthews, Cheryl Barker, Peter Coleman-Wright, Wilma Smith, Henning Kraggerud, Paul Grabowsky, David Jones and Tony Gould.
Svetlana’s recordings with Ensemble Liaison of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time for the Melba Recordings label and Trios of Brahms. Beethoven and Bruch for the Tall Poppies label have won high praise from critics around the world.
Her other passion is teaching cello and chamber music. In the past 20 years she has taught at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of New South Wales, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.