Margarita Denenburg won her first piano competition at the age of eight, gave her first European concert tour in her teens, and has been garnering awards and honors ever since. Dr. Denenburg graduated with distinction in piano performance from the University of Southern California in 2012. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master’s degrees in piano performance from Arizona State University.
Born in the Soviet Union, she began her piano lessons at age 4 with Larisa Bogdanova and her mother Alla Denenburg who was a piano professor at the local music conservatory. With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, Margarita immigrated with her family to Israel. While in Israel, she studied with Professor Victor Derevianko, Semion Umansky, and Yanina Kudlik. Dr. Denenburg made her orchestra debut at age 14 playing the D Major Haydn concerto with the Ashdod Youth Orchestra. In Israel, Margarita won many awards and placed first in both the King’s Way competition, and the Young Artist competition. She received yearly awards and scholarships from Givataim and Ashdod Conservatories, the New Artist Award, and the America Israel Cultural Foundation Award.
Prior to her arrival at ASU, Dr. Denenburg attended the Samuel Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, where she studied with Dr. Tomer Lev. While getting her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in piano performance at Arizona State University, under the instruction of Dr. Meir, Dr. Denenburg was awarded a full scholarship for both degrees. In addition, she was also awarded the Regent’s Scholarship, the Lincoln Kerr Music Endowment, the Liberace Scholarship, and the Joan Frazer Memorial Award in the Arts.
During her studies at ASU, Margarita won the concerto competition in 2004, and performed with the ASU Symphony Orchestra that same year. This performance was recorded live and put in a standard rotation on the classical radio station (KBAQ). Furthermore, she was a semifinalist at the prestigious Bösendorfer International Piano Competition in 2006. During this period she also attended the exclusive Mannes College of Music International Keyboard Institution and Festival in New York and was one of just eight pianists admitted to the Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2007 and 2008. Dr. Denenburg worked as a teaching assistant of class piano at ASU, and as a piano instructor in the Herberger College of Fine Arts.
While at USC she was awarded a full scholarship to pursue her Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Furthermore, she was the Maestro Foundation’s Steinway Grand Piano recipient from 2009-2011. She was also appointed as a Teaching Assistant in class piano as well as an individual lessons instructor for USC. Her elective fields included music education, music theory, and keyboard collaborative arts.
In addition to her academic and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Denenburg has been performing regularly. Recent recitals included Robert Schumann’s Davidsbundler a master work on which she lectured as well as performed and a research projecton Holocaust music, specifically an analysis and performance of the Piano Sonata by Gideon Klein. Not only a soloist, Dr. Denenburg is a collaborative musician; recent collaborations include performances with the cellists Sunny Yang, Stella Cho; clarinetists Melissa Koprowski and Leah Schwartz, Soprano Xiabo Su and many others.
Teaching is as much a love for her as performing. She has been a part of the Music Teachers Association of California for four years where she served on the Board as a Director during 2010-2011. She is also a part of the Music Teachers Association of Ohio and the College Music Society. She enjoys teaching all aspects of music for all ages and strongly believes in the potential of each of her students. Her students have won many competitions, and some have continued their musical studies at the university level.