Hailed by Fanfare magazine for her “imaginative and colorful interpretive approach,” Katerina Zaitseva has performed in the United States, Germany, Luxemburg, France, South Korea, Japan, and Russia including appearances in the Moscow State Conservatory Hall (Moscow, Russia), John F. Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), and Steinway Hall (Dallas, Texas). She was also privileged to play for the King of Spain, Juan Carlos, at the opening of the Meadows Museum of Arts in Dallas. Ms. Zaitseva has been featured as soloist with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Corvallis Symphony, Lewisville Lake Symphony, Northeast Arkansas Symphony, and Rapides Symphony Orchestra.
Her recording of Glazunov’s Concerto No. 2 with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra released by the Classical Records in 2007 has garnered international critical acclaim. American Record Guide critic wrote: “Katerina Zaitseva’s playing no doubt captures the vitality and excitement one would have heard from Glazunov’s daughter Elena, who was often the soloist in early performances of this work…This recording is a welcome addition to anyone’s listening library.” Katerina’s latest CD – Trios by Beethoven, Kuhlau and Donizetti with flutist Dennette McDermott and bassoonist Douglas Bakenhus – was released in Moscow on Classical Records in May 2009. Katerina Zaitseva also performs extensively in piano duo with Nikita Fitenko. Hailed by critics for their “superlative sound, superlative interpretation, and superlative pianism…”, the duo has performed worldwide with most recent appearances at the Yamaha Hall (NYC), University of Florida Young Pianists Festival, Piano Duo Series (Tokyo, Japan), Nancyphonies Music Festival (Nancy, France), Berkeley University (California, USA), as well as at Seocho District Hall and Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea). Their critically acclaimed CD featuring works for piano four hands by Schumann and Brahms was released in 2005 and is available through Amazon.
Katerina Zaitseva is currently on the faculty of the International School of Music in Washington, DC area. Prior to that she was a full time piano faculty and Artist in Residence at Louisiana College for five years. She also presented masterclasses at Han Yang University (Seoul, Korea) and Showa University (Tokyo, Japan). She has been a member of the Music Teachers National Association since 1997. In addition to teaching, she is also the Executive Director of the Washington International Piano Festival.
Katerina is a winner of national competitions and awards including the MTNA Competition, SMU Concerto Competition, Von Mickwitz Prize in Piano, as well as the University of North Texas Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award among others. She holds her Master of Music degree from the Southern Methodist University, the Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from the University of North Texas, and Diploma from the Music School affiliated with the Moscow State Conservatory in Russia. Her principal teachers include Joaquín Achúcarro, Pamela Mia Paul, and Marina Prozorova.