Svetlana Kotova received her DMA in Piano Performance from University of Oregon, and was recognized with three School of Music and University awards for excellence in performance. She studied under the guidance of Dean Kramer, who continues the performing traditions of W. Horowitz, A. Rubinstein, G. Bachauer and J. Perry
As concerto soloist, she performed with all major orchestras of Chile, including Santiago Philharmonic, SODRE Symphonic Orchestra (Uruguay), Chilean Chamber Orchestra, Chilean Symphony, Andres Bello Chamber orchestra, Santiago Classic Orchestra, Talca University Symphony, and other ensembles. In Oregon, she performed S. Rachmaninoff's “Rhapsody of a Theme of Paganini” with University of Oregon Symphony, as winner of UO Concerto Competition 2011.
As chamber musician, Svetlana partnered on stage with artists of world caliber, such as Micha Haran (Israel), Dame Malvina Major (New Zealand), Timothy and Nikki Chooi (Canada), Philippe Bernold (France), Andrea Griminelli (Italy) and so many others. She played most of the traditional vocal and instrumental repertoire, and much of vanguard music. She participated in UO Trotter Visiting Professor Series, recitals at Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Coast Music Festival, UO Faculty Artist Series, UO Guest Artist Series, most of the Chilean concert seasons and festivals, and Gala concerts for President of Chile and diplomatic corps.
Dr. Kotova has been praised for her commitment to Chilean music, in performance and recording. Her CD dedicated to piano works by Enrique Soro has been featured miltiple times on radio, and has been a theme of several interviews and critical reviews. A recital with these works was enthusiastically received by peers at the 2016 CMS National Conference in Santa Fe, NM. Recent performance of Tonadas by Pedro Humberto Allende during a festival bearing his name was cast as the best known to the date.
In other areas of musicianship. Svetlana enjoys playing flute, singing, and conducting. One of the biggest joys of her recent conducting endeavors has been a complete staged production of “Les Misérables”, for a private event in Santiago, where she was fortunate to lead a great team of classical and pop singers.
Svetlana is also Associate Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of Chile, where she has a group of talented college and pre-college students.
Svetlana's playing has been qualified as “brilliant” “powerful,” “emotional,” “electrifying” and “thrilling.” Great pianist Emanuel Ax referred to Svetlana's performance of Brahms' First Piano Concerto as “absolutely beautiful,” and declined to suggest any improvements.