Until recently I did not know much about pianist Marina Yakhlakova. But I learn pretty fast, once I get interested…
Russian pianist Marina Yakhlakova was born in 1991 in Moscow. She began playing the piano at the age of 5 under the guidance of Vitaly Mishchenko and in 2001 entered into the Moscow Gnessin School of Music for Gifted Children where she graduated under Natalia Zdobnova.
In 2009, Marina was accepted to study at the Moscow State Conservatory where she has spent the past four years working with internationally renowned pianist, Alexander Strukov.
In 2011, Marina was the first prizewinner of the prestigious, International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar and Bayreuth, Germany. In addition, she received the Special Award for the best interpretation of a work by Franz Liszt.
In April 2014, Marina began extensive tour of Australia with a performance of the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 under the baton of Maestro Vassilis Christopoulos and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Here is Ms. Yakhlakova at the Liszt piano competition: