Marina Yakhlakova is “a phenomenally talented person”.
Marina Yakhlakova was born on the 20th of July in 1991 in Moscow. She started playing the piano at the age of 5 under private teacher Vitaly Mishchenko. In 2001 she entered the esteemed Moscow State Specialized Music School for Gifted Children and after finishing she continued her education at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory with Professor Alexander Strukov. She graduated from the Conservatory in 2014 with distinction.
In October 2011 Marina became the winner of the 7th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition Weimar-Bayreuth. She also received a special prize for the best interpretation of a work composed by Franz Liszt.
She became the third person in her direct teaching line to win a competition dedicated to the namesake of Franz Liszt, after her teacher Alexander Strukov (in 1991) and his teacher, Lev Vlassenko (in 1956).
Currently, Marina is studying at the Barenboim-Said Academy (the Artist Diploma Program) under maestro Daniel Barenboim and Professor Emanuel Krasovsky. Also, Marina has been chosen for studying at the Lake Como International Piano Academy.
Marina Yakhlakova performs regularly in amongst others Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.
Marina collaborated with orchestras as The Russian National Orchestra, Sankt-Petersburg Academic State Orchestra, Rishon LeZion Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra, Loh-Orchestra Sonder-Hausen, Meiningen Court Orchestra, Jenaer Philharmonie under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev, Maxim Fedotov, Markus L. Frank, Vassilis Christopoulos, Jessica Cottis, Vahagn Papian, Edvard Tzhivzhel, Leo Mcfall, Martin Hoff, Mario Gartmut,.
Her activities in the field of chamber music lead to cooperation with amongst others cellists Alexander Ramm, Edgar Mоreau and Anastasia Kobekina.
She performed in prestigious concert halls like Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane, Arts Centre Gold Coast, Cairns Civic Theatre, Brucknerhaus in Linz, Shanghai Concert hall, National Centre for the Performing Arts Concert Hall in Beijing, Großes Haus of the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, Wagnersaal in Bayreuth, Meiningen Theatre, the Großes Haus of the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, Thuermer-Hall in Bochum, TivolyVredenburg in Utrecht, the Concert hall of the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, Edvard Grieg Museum Concert Hall in Bergen, the Musicaliska сoncert hall in Stockholm, the Great and the Small halls of the Moscow Conservatory, the Camber Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Center and others
Marina is invited frequently to take part in famous festivals like ‘Liszt en Provence’ festival’, Pianoforte-Fest Meissen (Germany)and the MDR Musiksommer Festival in Germany.
She has made two recordings for the “Master Performers” label. One of them has won the acclaimed Supersonic Award given by "Pizzicato" magazine.