Katerina received her Diploma from the Music School affiliated with the Moscow State Conservatory her B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas, M.M. in Piano Performance from Southern Methodist University, and  D.M.A. in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland. Her principal teachers include Joaquín Achúcarro, Larissa Dedova, Pamela Mia Paul, and Neil Rutman.

Performance and Teaching Experience

Katerina has performed in the United States, Germany, Luxemburg, France, Italy, Portugal, South Korea, Japan and Russia at major venues including the Moscow State Conservatory Hall, John F. Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, Yamaha Hall in New York and Tokyo, Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya, Japan as well as the opening of the Meadows Museum of Art in Dallas, with Juan Carlos II of Spain in attendance. She has been featured as soloist with orchestras including the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Corvallis Symphony and Lewisville Lake Symphony among others. Katerina has recorded six critically acclaimed CDs for the Classical Records label in Moscow, Russia, including her two most recent recordings of piano solo works by Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, and Medtner; as well piano solo works by Schubert, Schumann, and Liszt; Glazunov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra; works for piano four hands by Schumann and Brahms with Nikita Fitenko; and flute trios by Beethoven, Kuhlau, and Donizetti with flutist Dennette McDermott and bassoonist Douglas Bakenhus.

Katerina is a winner of national competitions and awards including the MTNA Competition, SMU Concerto Competition, Von Mickwitz Prize in Piano as well as the University of North Texas Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award among others.

Before joining the Levine, she was a Class Piano Coordinator at the University of Maryland and Artist-in-Residence at Louisiana College.

At Levine

Katerina has been on the Levine faculty since the spring of 2013 where she teaches private piano instruction.

Teaching Philosophy and Approach

“I strongly believe that music plays an important role in each student’s education. Through my teaching and love of music, I try to inspire students and help them realize their great potential. I also recognize the uniqueness of each individual student and try to match my teaching style to the student’s learning style.”


Video Clips


Katerina Zaitseva Plays Scriabin and Medtner

Katerina Zaitseva plays Schubert, Schumann, Liszt

Katerina Zaitseva plays Rachmaninoff

Piano Duets By Brahms & Schumann