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Margarita Zelenaia Piano

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Margarita Zelenaia

Margarita Zelenaia began piano studies in her native Russia at the age of four, and began composing when she was six. By the age of twelve, she hosted her own television program, which was broadcast in Russia and in 12 European countries.

Zelenaia studied composition at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory with Prof. A.Batashov, and at the Gnessin State Music Institute with Prof. G.Litinsky, who was mentor to such outstanding Russian composers as Aram Khachaturian, Tikhon Khrennikov, and Arno Babadjanyan. While still a student, she was awarded the prestigious Lenin Scholarship. After graduating with honors from the Gnessin State Music Pedagogical Institute, Zelenaia was inducted into the prestigious Russian Union of Composers, one of the youngest composers ever to have been so honored.

Professor of Composition, Piano, and Theory at the Gnessin State Music College from 1980 to 1993, her compositions have been an integral part of college's Instrumental and Vocal Curriculum since 1986.

Zelenaia's works range from operatic and chamber compositions to Music Theater, musicals, and art songs. Her song cycles, art songs, and piano compositions for children have been performed at the Moscow Autumn Festival, the Young Peoples' Arts Festival, and the Moscow Spring Festival.

Zelenaia's opera for children, "Winnie the Pooh Once Again" was commissioned by the Moscow State Academic Children's Musical Theatre in 1983, and has become part of the Theater's standard repertoire. The opera has been performed in more than 400 major venues in Russia, Japan, South Korea, Israel, and Czechoslovakia. Excerpts from her musical, "Alice in Wonderland" have sold more than 450,000 copies to date, and over 40 performances of her works, including incidental music for television and film, have been broadcast in Russia, Israel, and the United States.

Zelenaia's chamber music compositions, musicals, and a solo-opera have been commissioned by the Ministry of Culture of the former USSR, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Moscow Concert Philharmonic Society, and the Russian Chamber Orchestra - Seasons of the Year.

Recent works have taken their place in the repertoires of such prominent artists as pianist, Ana Maria Bottazzi, President of both the Pinault International Musical Society and the International Audio-Video Tape Piano Competition; New York Philharmonic violinist Anna Rabinova; harpsichordist Irina Rees; pianist Micola Suk, baritone Kreshnik Zhabjaku; and the One World Symphony Singers & Ensemble (David Hong, Music Director & Conductor).

Now a permanent resident in New York, where she tutors private students in piano, composition, and theory, Zelenaia made her Lincoln Center compositional debut in 1997 and her Carnegie Hall debut in 2001.


"The world premiere that concluded the first half of Ana Maria Bottazzi's program at Carnegie Hall - Margarita Zelenaia's "Pierrot's Dreams" - was a rare treat. Theatrically conceived, the states shift between reality and dreams, disappointment and hope, and were perfectly suited to the artist's kaleidoscope of sound. The enthusiastic response of the audience was a tribute to both the composer and the artist."

Phillip Dieckow, critic of The Pinault International Musical Society Review

"As a pianist, I receive several manuscripts a month from composers who hope that I will perform some of their pieces in a major concert. I have found Mrs. Zelenaia's work ["Pierrot's Dreams" is the first movement from her piano cycle "Pantomimes"] to be what I want to perform for the American audience. It will give me a tremendous pleasure to introduce my audience to her music."

Ana Maria Bottazzi, concert pianist

"Ms. Zelenaia's operatic scenes, "Caligula" is a highly crafted work and a tremendous contribution to the operatic literature..."

Wayne Sanders, Music Director, Opera Ebony

"Ms. Zelenaia is unquestionably a composer endowed with superb craft and technique and a truly unique sensibility. Ms Zelenaia composed the remarkable opera for children "Winnie the Pooh," as a result she is recognized as an internationally renowned composer of classical music for children..."

Samuel Zyman, Composer; Professor of Theory, The Julliard School

"Margarita Zelenaia's "Suite in Stylistic Dances" is a very interesting and involved work."

Jonathan Strasser, Conductor, Long Island Symphony Orchestra; Professor, Manhattan School of Music

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