Svetlana Smolina was born in Nizhny-Novgorod where she began her studies with Natalia Fish at Balakirev Music College. Upon graduation in 1995 she already won several National and International Piano Competitions (“Citta di Senigalia “, Italy), played with Nizhny Novgorod Symphony, participated at “Sakharov International Music Festival “, was the recipient of the “New Names” scholarship project, and gave recitals in Italy, Japan and Denmark.
Following her first surprise appearance at “White Nights” Festival (June 1995) she was invited to study with Alexander Toradze at Indiana University South Bend, USA. Since then Svetlana performed at numerous festivals such as: White Nights (St-Petersburg), Hollywood Bowl Festival (Los-Angeles), Mikkeli Festival (Finland), Rotterdam Philips Gergiev Festival (Holland), Edinburgh Festival (with direct BBC broadcast), Ravinia Festival (Rising Stars, Chicago), Settimane Musicali di Stresa (Italy), New Jersey Symphony’s Rachmaninoff Festival. She performed solo and chamber music at Teatro Lyrico (Milano), Cliburn Concert Series (Fort Worth, TX,) Kravis Center (Palm Beach, Florida), and with orchestras such as Corpus Christi Symhpony (Texas), Nyzhny -Novgorod Philharmonic, Elkhart and Laporte Symphony (Indiana). Already in the US, Svetlana won several national and International competitions, such as Kingsville International Piano Competition (Texas) and LaPorte Symphony Competition.
In 1998 -2000 she studied with Eugene and Olga Mogilevsky at Brussels Royal Conservatory (Belgium). Her appearances included Festival de Chartre, (France), Music Festival of Upper Galilee (Kfar Blum, Israel), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), White Nights Festival (with St.Petersburg Chamber Choir), Stresa Festival (where her chamber music partner was cellist Enrico Dindo) and recital in Singapore.
2000-2001 concerts included “Tchaikovsky Project” together with Joseph Horowitz at New Jersey Symphony Hall (NJPAC), a J.S.Bach 250-year memorial celebration with four piano concertos in Brussels under the auspices of Yamaha Corporation, as well as debut in the prestigious “Grand Artists Series at the New Opera House (Tel-Aviv). Other appearances included recitals at Stresa Festival (Italy), Cervantino Festival in Mexico as well as recital in Mexico City and with the St.Petersburg Philharmonic.
In December 2001 Svetlana together with her partner Maxim Mogilevsky won prestigious Murray Dranoff International Duo Piano Competition in Miami, Fla. They also received two special prizes: Audience Favorite Prize and Casadesus Prize for the best interpretation of Casadesus Duo Piano Concerto. The prize also included appearance with Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, recitals at the University of Miami Series and numerous engagements in Europe and US. They also were invited for the Casadesus festival in France and to record this concerto. The duo also performed with St. Petersburg Philharmonic, in Lincoln Theater Miami Beach and in Guzman Hall.
In April 2002 Svetlana won the Wideman Piano Concerto Competition in Shreveport, LA and the Arthur Dann Piano Competition in Oberlin, performed at International Keyboard Gilmore Festival in Kalamazoo, MI with direct NPR nationwide broadcast. Other 2002 engagements included appearance with Maestro Valery Gergiev at the 2002 Gergiev Philips Rotterdam Festival in Holland that was recorded live on Philips/Decca, recital at Stresa Festival (Italy), in New York in Miller Theatre, Columbia University with the New York Chamber Orchestra with Maestro George Still and on Michelangeli Festival in Brescia, Italy.
2003 included performances at the Royal Covent Garden Theater (London), at Ruhr Klavier Festival (Germany), performance with Orchestre National de France with Maestro Alexander Dmitriev and with Kirov Orchestra under Maestro Valery Gergiev.
Svetlana received her bachelor Degree from Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with Mrs.Monique Duphil and currently she is pursuing her Master Degree from BGSU in the studio of Distinguished Teaching Professor Mrs. Virginia Marks.
In December 2003 Svetlana debuted with the Toledo Symphony with Maestro Chelsea Tipton and with Bowling Green Philarmonia with Maestra Emily Brown.
Future engagements in 2004 will include six recitals in Italy, Ruhr Festival 2005, recitals and master classes in Greece, Corfu and Salzburg Festival 2005.