Born in Moscow, Svetlana Makarova was a child prodigy: at the tender age of 10 she won the First Prize in the Moscow International Youth Tchaikovsky Competition, and this was followed by many other distinctions. In 2008, having brilliantly completed her both master and postgraduates studies at the Moscow Conservatoire (with Prof. M. Glezarova) she was invited by L. Maazel to take a position as one of the principal players in the "Palau de Les Artes Reina Sofia" orchestra in Spain.
Chamber Music occupies an important place in her career and she has performed globally with, among others, F. Helmerssohn, P. Vernikov, N. Gutman, G. Apap, J. Rachlin, A. Meunier, I. Golan, P. Demenga and F. Biondi.
She is also an accomplished soloist, having performed with orchestras such as the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica Orchestra, the Orchestra of Comunidad Valenciana, Odessa State Symphony orchestra, Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra, Miyazaki Festival Orchestra, Wüttenberg Philharmonic Orchestra and The Pförzheim Chamber Orchestra.
A sought after artist, Svetlana Makarova has taken part in many internationally renowned festivals such as the Sion Festival, Verbier Festival, Eilat Chamber Music Festival, Kuhmo Festival, Miyazaki Music Festival and many others. She has performed in Tonhalle Zürich, La Scala, Tchaikovskiy Hall, La Fenice, Konzerthaus Berlin etc.
Also passionate about teaching, she delights in sharing her knowledge and artistic experience in the pure tradition of the Russian violin school with young players. She thaught at the prestigious Gnessin’s College of Music in Moscow and she collaborated with P. Vernikov at the Fiesole High school of Music in Florence and Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceu in Barcelona. In 2014, she is appointed Professor at the HEMU in Lausanne (Switzerland). She gives numerous masterclasses in Europe and Asia.
Svetlana Makarova is violinist of Viennese "Amos" Klavierquartett. Their first concert, in January 2016, received rave reviews from both press and public. She plays a 1745 Nicolò Gagliano violin.