A native of Moscow, Russia, Margarita Loukachkina began studying the piano with her mother Elena at age five. Shortly after this, she was enrolled in Moscow’s prestigious Gnessin School of Music known for producing such luminaries as Evgeny Kissin and Boris Berezovsky. During her time at Gnessin, Margarita studied under Tatiana Shklovskaya and had performed in various recitals across Russia and Europe. Margarita had her first public performance at the age of 6, after just one year of training. In addition to performing, Margarita also participated and won numerous international piano competitions. Those include : 1998 Konzerteum International Piano Competition in Athens , Greece – 2nd prize; 2003 Rubenstein International Piano Competition in Paris , France- 2nd prize.
In 2004 Margarita moved to the United States where she studied under Marylène Dosse (a pupil of Alfred Brendel and Paul Badura-Skoda)at Penn State University . During her first two years in the US, Margarita took part in the recital series at Sotto Voce ( Altoona, Pennsylvania) and made several appearances across the East Coast. As a result of winning two young soloist competitions she was invited to play with The Nittany Valley Symphony and The Williamsport Symphony (the program also included an appearance by ex-Monkee soloist Davy Jones). Playing the Grieg Concerto, her Williamsport performance was hailed as a “brilliant execution” (Williamsport Symphony Notes, 2005).
In 2006, Ms. Loukachkina enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory, where she studying Piano Performance with Alexander Shtarkman. Completing her Master’s degree in Piano Performance in 2012, she will start the Doctoral program in the Fall under full tuition scholarship as a Graduate Assistant in music theory. Since she began studying at Peabody, she performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with the Altoona Symphony (2006) and was a prize winner at the Louisiana International Piano Competition (2008). Most recently, Margarita performed in the “Thursday Noon Recital Series” at the Peabody Conservatory and was a 1st prize winner at the 2009 Baltimore Music Club Competition. In addition to being a full time student, Margarita holds faculty positions at the Peabody Preparatory and at the Garrison Forest School.