Masha Dubravin, piano
Russian-born pianist Masha Dubravin having appeared as a concerto soloist, in recitals, and in collaboration with other musicians, has been described by the renowned performer and teacher Aube Tzerko as a “very talented and formidable player.”
Mrs. Dubravin has given solo recitals in St. Petersburg, Russia and New York City. She appeared with the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra, Ukraine, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in 1990. Masha contributed her talents to the televised benefit in Moscow dedicated to the children of Chernobyl. In 1995, she gave a solo concert at the International Music Camp “Matan” in Jerusalem, and she also accompanied Kenneth Radnofsky, Professor of Saxophone from the New England Conservatory in Boston. In Los Angeles, she has performed for the Federation of Jewish Women (Hadassah).
One of Mrs. Dubravin’s main interests is in collaborating with other performers. She has been an accompanist for the Voice and String Faculties at the University of California in Los Angeles and at the Manhattan School of Music. Her diverse accompanying experience ranges from working on the Juilliard School production of Gioacchino Rossini’s opera Il Signor Bruschino to performances with choirs. One such engagement was her appearance with the St. Petersburg Conservatory Choir under the baton of Professor Donn Weiss at the St. Petersburg Great Concert Hall of the Philharmonic Society. Masha was featured as a member of the musical ensemble for the Off-Broadway production of Chekhov’s Ivanov. She accompanied rehearsals of Martin Josman’s National Chorale, and she participated in the rehearsals of AMAS Musical Theater (The Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy).
Mrs. Dubravin began to study piano at the age of five and at seven was accepted to the St. Petersburg State Music School for Gifted Children. She continued her studies at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Masha moved to the United States in 1991 upon receiving a full four-year scholarship to UCLA, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree. During her tenure at UCLA, Ms. Dubravin won the Atwater and the Benno Rubinje Piano Competitions. Masha has received an advanced degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Among her teachers are Vitaly Margulis, Arkady Aronov, and Ick-Choo Moon, and she has played in the master classes and been coached by Vladimir Viardo, Sergio Rodriguez, and Awadagin Pratt.
Masha Dubravin has a very successful piano studio on Staten Island, New York. Last year two of her students were selected to participate in the Steinway Junior Piano Competition. One of the students received honorary recognition. Her students also participated in concerts at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center.
In addition to giving private lessons, Mrs. Dubravin currently serves as the Organist for Castleton Hill Moravian Church.