Marina Yakhlakova was born in 1991 in Moscow. She started playing the piano at the age of 5 under private teacher Vitaly Mishchenko. In 2001 she entered the esteemed Moscow State Specialized Music School for Gifted Children and after finishing it continued her education in Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. She graduated from the Conservatory in 2014 with distinction.
In October 2011 Marina became the winner of the 7th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition Weimar-Bayreuth. She also got a special prize for the best interpretation of a work composed by Franz Liszt. She became the third person in her direct teaching line to win a competition dedicated to the namesake of Franz Liszt, after her teacher Alexander Strukov (in 1991) and his teacher, Lev Vlassenko (in 1956). Currently, Marina is studying at the Barenboim-Said Academy (the Artist Diploma Program) under maestro Daniel Barenboim himself mentoring. Also, Marina has been chosen for studying at the Lake Como International Piano Academy.
She has received recital and concerto performances in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine. Marina collaborated with such orchestras as The Russian National Orchestra, Sankt-Petersburg Academic State Orchestra, Rishon LeZion Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra, Loh-Orchestra Sonderhausen, Meiningen Court Orchestra, Jenaer Philharmonie under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev, Maxim Fedotov, Markus L. Frank, Vassilis Christopoulos, Jessica Cottis, Vahagn Papian, Edvard Tzhivzhel, Leo Mcfall, Martin Hoff, Mario Gartmut. Her Chamber music partners were cellists Alexander Ramm, Edgar Mоreau and Anastasia Kobekina.
She performed in such concert halls as Queensland Performing Arts Centre hall in Brisbane, Arts Centre Gold Coast, Cairns Civic Theatre, Brucknerhaus hall in Linz, Shanghai Concert hall, National Centre for the Performing Arts Concert Hall in Beijing, Großes Haus of the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, Wagnersaal in Bayreuth, Meiningen Theatre, the Großes Haus of the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, Thuermer-Hall in Bochum, TivolyVredenburg in Utrecht, the Concert hall of the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, Edvard Grieg Museum Concert Hall in Bergen, the Musicaliska сoncert hall in Stockholm, the Great and the Small halls of the Moscow Conservatory, the Camber Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Center and others. Marina has taken part in ‘Liszt en Provence’ festival’; Pianoforte-Fest Meißen (Germany) and the MDR-Musiksommer Festival in Germany.
She has made two recordings for the “Master Performers” label. One of them has won Supersonic Award given by "Pizzicato" magazine. Maxim Fedotov, well known violonist and conductor, regards that «Marina Yakhlakova belongs to the best constellation of young pianists, the hope of Russian pianistic school. Brilliant pianistic technique, excellent professionalism, coupled with amazing artistic willpower and mature musical thinking – are the main features of her bright talent.»
In the view of Dmitri Bashkirov, “there is no doubt that Marina Yakhlakova is a very gifted person with an individual attitude towards music, having brilliant pianism and understanding of musical ideas essence as well as the ways for their clear and vivid realization”
Daniel Barenboim after listening to Marina’s playing the first time said, that Marina is a mature pianist, who, without any doubt, will have pianist career.