Faculty & Staff

Dr. Anna Balakerskaia

Piano | Chamber Music

Term Professor of Music

  • Applied Piano
  • Chamber Ensembles
  • Instrumental Accompanying


  • M.M., D.M.A., Piano Performance, Pedagogy and Chamber Music, St. Petersburg State Conservatory

Dr. Anna Balakerskaia has shared her mastery of the piano around the world, from the great concert halls of her native Russia to the great halls of Europe and the Americas. Her versatility has made her much in demand as soloist, collaborator and chamber musician. In addition to her active performance schedule, she has nurtured several generations of extraordinary musicians as teacher, collaborator and coach.

Along with her high-profile career as a soloist, since her conservatory days in St. Petersburg, Dr. Balakerskaia has enjoyed a singular ability for playing chamber music, collaborating with many of the world’s greatest musicians, including Leonid Kogan, Kirill Kondrashin, Viktor Tretyakov, and Daniel Shafran, among others. She has performed with the laureates at all of the great competitions in Europe, from the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium to the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, where she was three times awarded the Best Accompaniment Diploma.

Her concert tours have taken her to Germany, Switzerland, Holland, France, Belgium, Italy, Finland, United States, Canada, and Argentina; having performed in some of the great halls of the world such as Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau of Paris, The Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Teatro Colon in Buenos-Aires, Palais des Arts in Montreal, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Corcoran Gallery, National Gallery of Arts, and Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

When Dr. Balakerskaia arrived in the United States from Russia twenty-four years ago, she brought her great love for chamber music. Here she discovered an international community of brilliant musicians who share her passion. Together, they join to create a variety of musical ensembles enriched by their different backgrounds and a shared love of music.

Dr. Balakerskaia is a founding member of the “Ensemble da Camera of Washington” a trio of musicians from Brazil, Germany and Russia, based in Washington, DC., renowned across the country for their electrifying synergy, technical expertise and rich, evocative sound. The Ensemble has produced a number of notable recordings. The Ensemble is the Artists-in-Residence of the American Youth Philharmonic. They created the Chamber Music Program of the AYPO where they hold monthly masterclasses and perform a series of concerts. This program is supported by a generous  grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Dr. Balakerskaia also frequently  collaborates with local and international artists for performances, as well as recordings.

Dr. Balakerskaia is a sought-after piano teacher whose students have won many competitions in the United States and Europe. They perform throughout the world and several of them are today members of faculties of universities and music conservatories.   She is full-time Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at George Mason University. She also serves on the faculties of international music festivals in Italy, Germany, Russia and the Netherlands, where she performs and gives masterclasses. She is Artist-in-Residence at Orfeo International Music Festival in Italy where she also continues to perform with the great musicians from her homeland who are guest artists at the festival.

Dr. Balakerskaia received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, Pedagogy and Chamber Music from St. Petersburg State Conservatory, where she studied piano with Elena Gugel, Nadejda Golubovskaia, and chamber music with internationally renowned musician Tamara Fidler. Before moving to the United States, she served on the faculties of both the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Contact Dr. Balakerskaia: abalaker@gmu.edu