Born and raised in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia, Ms. Agranov-Dafoe first studied piano performance at the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Conservatory of Music. After immigrating to the United States, she earned a Masters Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
While still working on her degree, Ms. Agranov-Dafoe began working as a rehearsal accompanist at West Bay Opera in Palo Alto. In 2000 she joined the SJSU Opera workshop as a coach and pianist, later started working at Opera San José, where she is now the Head of Music staff. Ms. Agranov-Dafoe is also the pianist for the Unitarian Church of Palo Alto.