Versatile in genre, the music of Margarita Zelenaia defies stylistic boundaries and ranges from operatic and chamber works, to musical theater and art songs. Without prejudices and stereotypes in her writing, Zelenaia possess a rare ability to infuse her music with humor and lyrical tenderness, while also producing works of tremendous depth and seriousness. Casting aside the stereotypical mold of a “contemporary” composer, Zelenaia is a strong believer in melody and direct audience communication.

The music of Russian-born composer Margarita Zelenaia received premieres

at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as around the globe:

in Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Canada, China, Germany, Holland, Israel, Italy, Russia and Kirgizstan.

Her “Lamentation” for Violin solo and string orchestra became a winner of the competition “Donne in Musica” among woman-composers all over the world. The splendid violinist Lucio Degani and the great Italian chamber orchestra “I Solisti Veneti” under the baton of the legendary Maestro Claudio Scimone (Padova, Italy) gave its world premiere.

Her recent works are in the performing repertoire of musicians from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the New York Philharmonic, etc., as well as other renowned artists such as concert pianists Ana Maria Bottazzi, Clive Greensmith (from the Tokyo String Quartet), concert cellists Christophor Miroshnikov (Russia), Andrey Tchekmazov, Jacob Braun, Evangeline Benedetti (US), Italian concert pianist Paolo Vergari, Russian-American bass Mikhail Svetlov, Albanian baritone Kreshnik Zhabjaku, soprano Melanie Mitrano, mezzo-soprano Leslie Middlebrook, concert violinists Anna Rabinova, Nina Beilina, Jasmine Lin, David Fulmer, Claudia Shauer, and Ana Miloslavlevich (Serbia), award-winning clarinetist Sean Rice, award-winning violist Eniko Magyar (UK), One World Symphony Singers & Ensemble, the “Second Instrumental Unit”, ISSA Sonus Ensemble, neoLIT Ensemble, and chamber orchestras “Bacchanalia, ‘North/South Consonance’, ‘Classic” among others.

Lately, she has completed the 2-act opera entitled the “Caligula’s Favorite Play” that awaits the world premiere.

Selected Performance Venues

US Venues

Chicago Cultural Center, Columbus, Ohio, IL

First Baptist Church of Glendale, Los Angeles, CA

Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI

International Venues

Seoul Opera House, Seoul, South Korea

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan

Teatra Ghione, Rome, Italy

Magnificat Institute, Jerusalem, Israel

Kumming University, Yunnan, China

Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, Russia

Moscow Philharmonic Hall, Moscow, Russia

Moscow Academic Music Children’s Theater, Moscow, Russia

Chamber Hall, Museum by M. I. Glinka, Moscow, Russia

Derby Chamber Music Society, Derby, UK

Keele Concerts Society, Newcastle, Staffordshire, UK

New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall

Merkin Concert Hall

Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center

Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center

Symphony Space

Koschuzko Foundation

Music Festivals

Sydney New Music Festival, Australia

International Cello Festival in Zutphen, Netherlands

SummerFest, Recital Series, USA

Summit Music Festival, USA

Tutti Festival of Contemporary Music, USA

American Composers Alliance Festival, USA

Moscow Autumn Music Festival, Russia

The Moscow Spring Festival, Russia

The Young Peoples’ Arts Festival, Russia

Spring Music Festival, Russia

New Music North Festival, Canada

Fifth International Encounter of Strings, Brazil

My Full Biography

can be found HERE