National Artist of Russia, Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers and of the Summer Academy at the Mikkeli International Music Festival, Larissa Gergieva was born in Beltsy, in Moldova. When she was seven, the family moved to Vladikavkas, in Ossetia where she began to study music along with her brother Valery Gergiev, chief conductor and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg. Their teacher throughout their school career and at the Academy of Musical Arts in Vladikavkaz was Zarema Lolaeva. Gergieva continued her piano studies at Rostov-on-Don and St. Petersburg. She played her first recital as an accompanist at the age of 15.
Her first appointment was as teacher of Piano Studies at the Academy of Musical Arts in Vladikavkaz but she was soon invited to be repetiteur at the Vladikavkaz Opera. While there, she prepared singers for productions of Tosca, Madam Butterfly, I Pagliacci and Carmen as well as many Russian operas. She also prepared Verdi's Otello for her brother, Valery, to conduct at the Vladikavkaz Opera.
In 1987 she was appointed repetiteur at the Tchaikovsky Opera House, in Perm where she also prepared singers for entry in national and international singing competitions. She now holds master classes in Perm in which both national and international singers participate.
She received first prize as well as a diploma for her piano playing in the Chaliapin (Kazan) and Georg Gotz (Tallin) National Competitions and in the Perm and Rimsky-Korsakov (St Petersburg) International Competitions. She is now general director of the biennial Rimsky-Korsakov Competition for Singers in St Petersburg.
Her pianistic gifts and musical insight are much in demand. She has given recitals in Russia and the West with Olga Borodina, Nikolai Otkhotnikov,Galina Gorchakova, Elena Obratzova, Mikhail Kit, Vassily Gerello, Larissa Diadkova, Velentina Tsedipova and Grair Hanedanian, her husband, who is principal tenor at the Perm Opera House, has worked in all the major houses in Russia and has recently partnered singers in recitals in La Scala, Milan, Santa Caecilia Roma, Hamburg, Leipzig, Dresden, Zwickau, Kansas, San Francisco, New York, The Queen's Hall in Edinburgh and the Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Teatro Colon, and in Brazil, Australia, Staatsoper Berlin, Chandselisee, St Denis in Paris, etc.
In 1998, Miss Gergieva was appointed artistic director of the newly formed Mariinsky Academy which was established to nurture young Russian talent. She is from 1992 the General Director of the international competition Rimski Korsakov, she has been awarded a prize for best accompanist in more than 30 international and national competitions, among them Tchaikovsky, Shaljapin, and the Elena Obratzova competition.
Ms Gergieva regularly tours the world with the soloists of the Mariinsky Academy giving recitals in the Grand Theatre de Geneve, on a tour to Argentina in a Russian song series, to Paris, London and New York and across North America and Europe.
Ms Gergieva is in great demand throughout the world as a coach. Most recently she coached the cast of Eugene Onegin for the Welsh National Opera and is currently coaching the cast of Prokofiev’s For the Love of Three Oranges for the Aix-En-Provence Festival. Last season she went to the Aix en Provence Festival as specialist repetiteur for the new production of Eugene Onegin. She has visited San Francisco Opera on numerous occasions for Ruslan and Ljudmila , Fiery Angel and War and Peace and in the summer of 1997 coached the principals in the Salzburg Festival's production of Boris Godunov and La Scala's The Fiery Angel, Khovanshina and the Gambler, Eugeni Onegin in Sapporo and Tokyo and The Enchantress at the Royal Opera House in London. She also gives masterclasses in France, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Italy and Japan.
She has also made 19 recordings; among them a Philips recording with Galina Gorchakova and Olga Borodina and EMI with Daniil Shtoda.