Dr. Anna Balakerskaia has shared her mastery of the piano around the world, from the great concert halls of her native Russia to the great halls of Europe and the Americas. Her versatility has made her much in demand as soloist, collaborator and chamber musician. In addition to her active performance schedule, she has nurtured several generations of extraordinary musicians as teacher, collaborator and coach.
Along with her high-profile career as a soloist, since her conservatory days in St. Petersburg, Dr. Balakerskaia has enjoyed a singular ability for playing chamber music, collaborating with many of the world’s greatest musicians, including Leonid Kogan, Kirill Kondrashin, Viktor Tretyakov, and Daniel Shafran, among others. She has performed with the laureates at all of the great competitions in Europe, from the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium to the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, where she was three times awarded the Best Accompaniment Diploma.
Her concert tours have taken her to Germany, Switzerland, Holland, France, Belgium, Italy, Finland, United States, Canada, and Argentina; having performed in some of the great halls of the world such as Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau of Paris, The Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Teatro Colon in Buenos-Aires, Palais des Arts in Montreal, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Corcoran Gallery, National Gallery of Arts, and Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
When Dr. Balakerskaia arrived in the United States from Russia twenty years ago, she brought her great love for chamber music. Here she discovered an international community of brilliant musicians who share her passion. Together, they join to create a variety of musical ensembles enriched by their different backgrounds and a shared love of music.
Dr. Balakerskaia is a founding member of the Ensemble da Camera of Washington a trio of musicians from Brazil, Germany and Russia, based in Washington, DC., renowned across the country for their electrifying synergy, technical expertise and rich, evocative sound. The Ensemble has produced a number of notable recordings. As a result of her expertise with a wide variety of piano and chamber repertoire, Dr. Balakersakaia is frequently invited to collaborate with local and international artists for special performances, as well as recordings.
Dr. Balakerskaia is a sought-after piano teacher whose students have won many competitions in the United States and Europe. Around the world her master classes are enjoyed by students and teachers alike. She is full-time Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at George Mason University. She also serves on the faculties of international music festivals in Italy, Germany, Russia and the Netherlands, where she teaches and performs.
Dr. Balakerskaia received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, Pedagogy and Chamber Music from St. Petersburg State Conservatory, where she studied piano with Nadejda Golubovskaia, and chamber music with internationally renowned musician Tamara Fidler. Before moving to the United States, she served on the faculties of both the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Conservatory.