Larisa Topolkaraeva - Piano

head shot of smiling teacher wearing white, outside in front of treesLarisa Topolkaraeva has been a member of the faculty at Lawrence Academy of Music since 1994. A native of Tbilisi, Georgia, Ms. Topolkaraeva began her piano studies at the age of five with her mother, a pianist. After receiving her B.A. in piano performance from the Tbilisi State Conservatory she moved to Moscow, where she earned her master's degree with highest honor and Ph.D in piano performance and pedagogy from the Russian State Academy of Music—formerly Gnesin's Institute—in Moscow. Prior to her move to Appleton, she taught piano at the numerous music academies in Tbilisi and Moscow. Throughout her teaching career, Ms. Topolkaraeva's students have actively participated in and regularly won top prizes at different piano competitions, including WMTA Badger, Solo & Ensemble, and Steinway Junior among others.