Anastasia Kitaev was born near Moscow in Podolsk, Russia, to talented musicians. Her parents work in a music school where her mother teaches piano and her father is the conductor and principal of the school. Mrs. Kitaev was enrolled in the music school at the age of five where she excelled in piano and participated in all musical concerts at the school. She performed and excelled in annual “Young Talents” competitions, winning multiple awards including taking 1st and 2nd prizes in 1998 and 1999.
After graduation Mrs. Kitaev continued her musical studies at the Moscow Region College of Arts where she graduated with honors in 2004. She then enrolled in the Russian Academy of Music named after Gnessin. Mrs. Kitaev began performing in Moscow and the vicinity to great reviews, including recognition by the Podolsk Central TV where she received recognition of her performance on television.
Mrs. Kitaev continued to participate in competitions and was selected to take part in an international music competition named after the famous A. Karamanov in Simpheropol, Russia. In 2003 she took 3rd prize at the Competition of Russian Music at Klin (P. Tchaikovsky lived and worked here during the last years of his life).
Mrs. Kitaev’s repertoire includes music by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin, among others.
The famous Russian pianist, Y. Pestoskaya, from Moscow conservatory, said “She is an accomplished pianist”.
Andrei Kitaev said about her playing “It’s really mature”.
Mrs. Kitaev has lived in Portland, OR since 2007. She has held highly successful performances at such places as Sherman Clay, Tualatin Presbyterian Church, Hearthstone Retirement Home, Carmen Oaks Retirement Home, and others. She also performs regularly at Tucci in Lake Oswego, OR.