Marina Yakhlakova

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Marina Yakhlakova (Russian: Марина Владимировна Яхлакова; born July 20, 1991) is a prizewinning Russian classical pianist.[1] She was a student at the Gnessin State Musical College for gifted children and later at the Moscow Conservatory. In 2011, Yakhlakova 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)[2] and his teacher, Lev Vlassenko (in 1956).[3] In June 2015, Yakhlakova made it to the first round of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition but was subsequently eliminated.[4]

Awards and prizes[edit]

  • 2014: Red Certificate - Moscow Conservatory [5]
  • 2011: 1st Prize – International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition Weimar-Bayreuth[6]
  • 2010: Marina Bondarenko Memorial Award – Tel-Hai, Israel
  • 2008: Laureate – Sixth Festival of Romantic Music for Young Moscow Musicians


Yakhlakova has made four recordings for the Master Performers label.[7] The first CD Album to be released was recorded on a Mason & Hamlin Concert Grand in Australia featuring Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Tchaikovsky/Pletnev's Nutcracker Suite.[8] Yakhlakova followed this with a DVD filmed at Mechanics Hall in Worcester Massachusetts in the United States featuring the works of Schubert and Schubert-Liszt.[9]


As a direct and indirect result of winning the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, Yakhlakova received prestigious recital and concerto performances in Austria, Australia, France, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Spain and Canada. In April 2014, Yakhlakova undertook her third tour of Australia starting with two performances of Saint-Saëns's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Greek conductor Vassilis Christopoulos.[10]


Despite unluck of Yakhlakova in XV International Tchaikovsky Competition Denis Matsuev praised her as “a phenomenally gifted” person.[11]

In the September 2014 issue of Fine Music Magazine, Richard Wenn is quoted as saying: "What we find in Marina is a complete artistic talent. Behind her seemingly delicate and childlike persona lurks a demonic pianist of the utmost stamina and technical facility, yet somehow she is able to couple this with the most tender lyricism." [12]

In October 2012, Christel Laude of Nordhausen wrote, "Of particular interest for the audience was the Tchaikovsky Concerto No.1 performed by 21-year-old Marina Yakhlakova, a pianist with a special affinity for the work and composer, the ravishing performance ended with spontaneous cheers and enthusiastic applause ... Petite in stature , but powerful and strong in her playing, she held the audience from the first few majestic chords and had them in her spell, a performance of breathtaking technical brilliance and sensitive structure ... Whether in her solo playing or in the dialogue with orchestra there was always sumptuous playing, almost bubbling out from under her fingers. ... A highly focussed musician with immense joy in her playing she provided the audience with an unforgettable concert experience. Yakhlakova is an artist to admired for her skilful playing and respect for composer, she is destined for a great career."[13]

In a video made by the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, renowned French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie said, "There is something very mysterious about her; she has a very deep soul... It is a bit like the feeling I get when I hear Gergiev playing with the orchestra; this incredible magma of sound." [14]


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  6. ^ Steinway & Sons, Owners' Magazine 2011 Competition Results – Issue One 2012, Pg. 36
  7. ^ Master Performers Record Label
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  9. ^ IMDb Internet Movie Database
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  12. ^ FM 102.5 Fine Music Magazine, Marina Yakhlakova - Mystery and a deep soul, September 2014, Pg. 9
  13. ^ Russische Verzauberung
  14. ^ Portret Masterclass Liszt Concours: Marina Yakhlakova