piano, Academy Director
Born and raised in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Anastasia Markina started playing piano at the age of four. Her first teacher, Tatyana Shrago, led her to win her first international competition in 1992 in Marsala, Italy. After graduating from Music School, she studied with Alexander Mndoyants and Maria Mekler. In 1994, Ms. Markina entered the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music where she studied for four years with Professor Mary Guseva, former student of Pavel Serebryakov. During that time, she won several international piano competitions, including 1st prize at the 1st International Maria Yudina Piano Competition, 1st prize in solo and 1st prize in chamber music at the Beach of Hope International Music Festival and Competition in Dobrich-Albena, Bulgaria. In 1997 she was one of the top three prize winners at the Peter the Great Music Festival in Groningen, Holland.
After receiving her diploma with honors from the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music, Saint-Petersburg, she was invited to study in the United States by Professor Victor Rosenbaum, renown teacher and pianist, and director of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. In 1999, she moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to continue her education at the University of North Texas, with Professor Vladimir Viardo (Gold medalist of the 1973 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition).
While studying with Professor Viardo, Anastasia was recognized in numerous international competitions with prizes that include 1st prize at the San Angelo Sorantin International Music competition, 1st prize at the First Boesendorfer International Piano Competition, 1st and Grand prize at the Young Texas Artist Music Competition, and 2nd prize at the First, Second, and Fourth Jose Iturbi Music Competitions. Ms. Markina performed with the Jalisco Philharmonic under Joolz Gale in Guadalajara, Mexico; the San Angelo Symphony under Hector Guzman, in TX; Dallas Chamber Symphony; and Phoenix Symphony under Lawrence Golan. She has performed solo, orchestral, as well as chamber music works in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Russia, including performances in the Barge Music Series and Summit Music festival in New York City, NY; ISB Convention in Rochester, NY; Sitka Festival in Anchorage, AL; Concerts in Los Angeles and San Diego, CA; and Vetta Chamber Music Festival, Canada. Other collaborations include, among others, recitals with Paul Rosenthal, Mark Peskanov, James Galway, Alexander Kerr, Emmanuel Borok, Bonita Boyd, and Joseph Alessi. In collaboration with the cellist Eugene Osadchy she recorded two CDs - "Russian Romances" and "Nacht und Traume". Since 2010 Ms. Markina has been serving as an Executive Director of the Argyle Music Academy. For more information please visit www.anastasia-markina.com
"Studying piano with Anastasia Markina is fantastic. I take a one hour lesson with her once a week. She's not afraid to poke fun at your playing and she is very detail oriented. You need to be able to take a joke to study with her. If you're looking for a teacher to bring your playing up to the next level - she's it."
"Ms. Markina has been my piano teacher for almost a year. She has many years of experience and is an amazing pianist. Ms. Markina teaches me from her house, and is very flexible regarding times that fit the students' schedules. She is a very energetic, and genuinely caring teacher who always wants the best for and from her students. Ms. Markina has many resources and is always willing to go above and beyond to get the best books, and she gives great musical advice. I am very glad that I have been able to have her as a teacher."
"Anastasia is very encouraging and always makes the learning process fun! While her standards and expectations are high, Anastasia has an endless supply of valuable tools to help me reach my goals. She weaves her great sense of humor and unique life experiences into her instruction, and she is a gifted teacher who makes me look forward to coming to her lessons. Even when I get frustrated, Anastasia finds a way to lift me up and make me laugh."
"The perfect teacher! My daughter has been working with her for a year and a half now. She is consistently motivated and excited to go to every lesson. She practices without being asked too and she always looks for ways to impress her. Anastasia keeps her challenged, rewards her efforts and pushes her to excel. I am very impressed with the education she is getting. She is not just learning to play the piano, but learning about music history, etiquette, and music theory, and so much more. Her time with Anastasia is well worth her fees and supplies. We hope to be with her for years to come!"