Hailed by the Fanfare magazine for her "imaginative and colorful interpretive approach," Katerina Zaitseva has performed in the United States, Germany, Luxemburg, France, South Korea, Japan, and Russia including appearances in the Moscow State Conservatory Hall (Moscow, Russia), John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington D.C.), Steinway Hall (Dallas, Texas), and at many European festivals. Ms. Zaitseva was also privileged to play for the King of Spain, Juan Carlos, at the opening of the Meadows Museum of Arts in Dallas. Ms. Zaitseva has been featured as soloist with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Corvallis Symphony, Lewisville Lake Symphony, Northeast Arkansas Symphony, and Rapides Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Zaitseva's recording of Glazunov's Concerto No. 2 with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, released by Classical Records in 2007, has garnered international critical acclaim. American Record Guide critic wrote: "Katerina Zaitseva's playing no doubt captures the vitality and excitement one would have heard from Glazunov's daughter Elena, who was often the soloist in early performances of this work ... This recording is a welcome addition to anyone's listening library." Katerina's latest CD, Trios by Beethoven, Kuhlau and Donizetti with flutist Dennette McDermott and bassoonist Douglas Bakenhus, will be released in Moscow on Classical Records in the summer 2009.
In addition to solo recitals, Katerina Zaitseva performs extensively in piano duo with Nikita Fitenko. Hailed by critics for their "superlative sound, superlative interpretation, and superlative pianism...", the duo has performed worldwide. Their most recent appearances include the Piano Duo Series (Tokyo, Japan), Nancyphonies Music Festival (Nancy, France), Berkeley University (California, USA), as well as at Seocho District Hall and Yonsei University (South Korea). Their critically acclaimed CD, featuring works for piano four hands by Schumann and Brahms, was released in 2005.
Prior to settling in the Washington D.C. area, Katerina Zaitseva was a full time piano faculty member and Artist in Residence at Louisiana College. She also presented master classes at Han Yang University (Seoul, Korea) and Showa University (Tokyo, Japan). In addition to teaching, she is the Executive Director of the Washington International Piano Festival and Associate Executive Director of the Louisiana International Piano Competition.
Ms. Zaitseva is a winner of several competitions and awards including the MTNA Competition, SMU Concerto Competition, Von Mickwitz Prize in Piano, as well as Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award among others. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Southern Methodist University, a Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from the University of North Texas, and a Diploma from the Music School affiliated with the Moscow State Conservatory in Russia. Her principal teachers include Joaquín Achúcarro, Pamela Mia Paul, and Marina Prozorova.