Born in Moscow, Masha began her musical studies in Australia and New Zealand where she spent her childhood. Following studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Masha was awarded her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her primary violin teachers were Boris Roninson and Nelli Shkolnikova.
Masha Lankovsky plays a violin made by Thomas Croen in 1989.
Masha Lankovsky enjoys a versatile career as a violinist, continually bridging the worlds of performing and teaching, collaborating with contemporary composers, reviving little-known treasures from the past, and researching violin pedagogy.
As a violinist Masha has appeared in international festivals such as Schleswig Holstein (Germany), Britten Pears festival (England), the American Conservatoire in Fontainebleau (France) and she has been awarded multiple residencies at the Banff Centre (Canada). She was the violinist in the neoLIT chamber ensemble for four years and introduced many new works by female composers. She has also performed with the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble in New York and Soundinitiative and Ensemble Variances in France. Her recording “Russian Dreams,” with pianist Byron Schenkman was released on the Centaur label and features rarely-heard compositions by Taneyev, Roslavets, Medtner, Prokofiev, and Scriabin.
Strongly committed to music education, Masha is a sought after teacher. She is presently a violin professor at the Conservatoire de Versailles and the Conservatoire d'Asnières. For eleven years she taught at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music where she also served as Director of the Classical Division. She has given masterclasses at the International Music Academy in Dinant, Belgium and has also been invited to the jury of the Special Music School at the Kaufman Center and the Thuarnaer School.
In 2019 she co-founded the Nelli Shkolnikova Summer Academy.
Masha’s doctoral dissertation examines the pedagogy of Yuri Yankelevich and teachers of the violin school. She has written on the subject for The Strad magazine and has just completed the English translation and edition of Yankelevich’s writings for Oxford University Press that may be ordered here.