Zakarian Rutstein was born and raised in the Soviet Union. A child
prodigy, she began her piano studies at the age of five and gave
her first public recital the next year, including works of Mozart
After World War II, she was accepted at Leningradís Special Music
School for Gifted Children. She continued her undergraduate, graduate
and post-graduate studies at the Leningrad Conservatoire with the
distinguished Professor Nadezhda Golubovskaya, a classmate and friend
of Sergei Prokofiev.
After winning an All-Union Competition in Moscow, she became a
well-known recitalist and soloist with top Soviet orchestras and
performed often on radio and television. She also was a faculty
member of the Leningrad Conservatoire. Presently, she is a tenured
professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Sedmara Zakarian Rutstein continues her performing career
displaying a wide range of musical styles. Excerpts from her records
released on Musical Heritage Society and Orion are often heard on
classical music radio stations across the nation.