Born in Ukraine, Anastasia Petrunina has been heard around the globe performing in such prestigious halls as Carnegie Hall and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory as well as touring and giving masterclasses in Russia, France, United States, Brazil, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and China.
Ms. Petrunina was a guest concertmaster for the Grand Opening of the Xian Opera House in China and has led the Saratov, Guiyang, Savannah and Hilton Head Symphony Orchestras. She collaborated with conductors such as Valeriy Gergiev, John Williams, Robert Spano, Reinbert de Leeuw, Yoel Levi, Yuri Bashmet and Peter Oundjian.
Anastasia was a featured soloist with the Saint-Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Symphony, Novaya Rossiya Symphony orchestra, Yale Chamber Orchestra, Aiken Civic, North Georgia Chamber Symphony and ARCO Chamber Orchestra. She also took part in the recording of the music for the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014.
Ms. Petrunina is a recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the First Prize at the Homecoming Festival Award (Moscow, Russia), and a Laureate of the "Madrid Nights" International Competition (Madrid, Spain). She is also a recipient of a prestigious Shevron Inc Award in the field of Arts.
A passionate proponent of new music and living composers, Ms. Petrunina has commissioned several works which take a special place in her concert repertoire. Anastasia enjoys being a part of ViMaDeAn Duo, established in 2010 with her husband Denis Petrunin who is the principal timpanist of the Augusta Symphony. Together they strive to expand the original repertoire for violin and percussion and to connect with various audiences around the globe through their music-making. Currently ViMADeAn Duo is working on a project which is dedicated to the subject of environmental issues. Believing that musicians must listen for this voice of nature and make an impact on our present lives and the lives of future generations, Anastasia and Denis collaborate with composers and artists to record and release a CD, where every piece is dedicated to the important matter of environmental issues.
Ms. Petrunina began her violin studies at the age of six after her family moved to Kamchatka, Russia. Anastasia received her Bachelor degree at the Moscow Conservatory College and in 2010, she graduated from the Yale School of Music. Currently Anastasia is concluding her DMA degree at the University of Georgia under the guidance of a renowned violinist Levon Ambartsumian. Ms. Petrunina is currently the concertmaster of the Augusta Symphony, Assistant Concertmaster of the Venice Symphony and a violinist with the Atlanta Opera.
In addition to her passion for teaching, making desserts and cross-stitching, Anastasia's heart melts around cats, charming gardens and classic literature.