Masha Dubravin, daughter of well-known and accomplished Russian composer Yakov Dubravin, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She began to study piano at the age of five and at seven was accepted to the St. Petersburg State Music School for Gifted Children. Masha moved to the United States in 1991 upon receiving a full four-year scholarship to UCLA, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree. Among her teachers were Vitaly Margulis, Arkady Aronov, and Ick-Choo Moon, and she has played in the master classes and been coached by Vladimir Viardo, Sergio Rodriguez, and Awadagin Pratt.
During her tenure at UCLA, Mrs. Dubravin won the Atwater and the Benno Rubinyi Piano Competitions. Masha has received an advanced degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
Mrs. Dubravin has given solo recitals in St. Petersburg, Russia and New York City. Among her many professional engagements, Masha has performed with the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra, Ukraine; she contributed to a televised benefit in Moscow dedicated to the children of Chernobyl; and she gave a solo concert at the International Music Camp “Matan” in Jerusalem.
Masha has been an accompanist for the Voice and String Faculties at the University of California in Los Angeles and at the Manhattan School of Music. Her diverse accompanying experience ranges from working on the Juilliard School production of Gioacchino Rossini’s opera Il Signor Bruschino to performances with choirs. One such engagement was her appearance with the St. Petersburg Conservatory Choir under the baton of Professor Donn Weiss at the St. Petersburg Great Concert Hall of the Philharmonic Society. Masha was featured as a member of the musical ensemble for the Off Broadway production of Chekhov’s Ivanov.
Mrs. Dubravin currently serves as the Organist and Choir Director for Castleton Hill Moravian Church in Staten Island, New York.