Anastassiya Petrova

Assistant Professor
jazz music
pop music
rock music
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Anastassiya Petrova is a jazz pianist/organist from Kazakhstan currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout her musical career, she has been given opportunities to share the stage with artists such as Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Noah Preminger, Allan Chase, Patricia Pérez, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, Marco Pignataro, Ellis Hall, Catherine Russell, and others. She participated in international festivals such as Umbria Jazz Festival 2013 (Italy), Wave of Ideas 2015 (Bulgaria), Panama Jazz Festival 2020, 2021 (Panama), Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival 2018 (Boston, MA), Monterey Jazz Festival 2018 (Monterey, CA), Soular Jazz Festival 2021 (MA), and Arlington Jazz Festival 2022 (MA).

Petrova was hired as the principal keyboardist for The Voice TV show in Kazakhstan and TEDx events at Suffolk University. She received her bachelor's degree in professional music and performance at Berklee College of Music and a master’s degree in global jazz from Berklee, studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. In 2019 she was awarded with a DownBeat Student Music Award for the Best Graduate Arrangement. In 2021 received a grand-prix at the International Jazz Bridge Competition as a pianist, composer, and arranger, and became the finalist at Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. In 2022 Petrova received a prestigious New Jazz Legacy Grant, which will let her perform alongside the renowned jazz saxophonist Chris Potter and get creative mentorship with Kris Davis. She is currently working on her debut album and is a principal pianist and organist for Champion: An Opera in Jazz written by Terence Blanchard as a part of Boston Lyric Opera.

Career Highlights
  • Studied with, Danilo Perez, Dave Liebman, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Ben Street, and Adam Cruz
  • Performances with, George Garzone, Dave Liebman, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, Patricia Perez, Noah Preminger, Allan Chase, Catherine Russel, Ellis Hall, Chris Potter, and Marco Pignataro
  • Next Jazz Legacy Grant (New Music USA and Berklee Jazz and Gender Justice), awardee
  • Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition 2021, finalist
  • International Jazz Bridge Competition 2021, grand-prix winner, Best Arrangement, and Best Original Composition
  • DownBeat Student Music Awards, Outstanding Jazz Arrangement, Small Ensemble–Graduate Section
  • Berklee Piano Department Achievement Award fall 2017, 2018 (as a student)
  • Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Master of Music in global jazz performance, full-tuition scholarship recipient
  • Bachelor of Music in professional music and performance, full-tuition scholarship recipient
  • M.M., Berklee College of Music, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, global jazz performance
  • B.M., Berklee College of Music, professional music and performance
  • B.A., Turan University, Almaty, Kazakhstan, international relations
In Their Own Words

"I believe that music is a language that is accessible to all, that it brings people together and creates a deeper connection with oneself. My hope for my students is that each one of them will find a reflection of their life in their music and find their niche in the current music industry."

"My professional background helps me share the current trends in music industry directly with my students. As an active performer, I learn and advance my expertise every single day and when I was a student, I truly enjoyed learning from the people who are active in the scene. My hope is that I can share hands-on experience with my students as the industry is changing. Also, a recent alumna, I clearly remember my whole Berklee journey and try to help my students as much as I can."

Gen Yoshimura & Anastassiya Petrova Duo Collaboration