“Intuition or, in other words, improvisation” were the first words Anastassiya’s mentor said when she decided to change her musical direction from classical music to jazz.
Anastassiya Petrova is a jazz pianist/organist from Kazakhstan currently based in Boston, MA.
Anastassiya has been playing the piano since the age of 5. In 2015 she was granted a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music and later on was accepted to the Berklee Global Jazz Institute program, where she was mentored by renowned musicians such as John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ben Street, George Garzone, and others. She holds bachelor’s degree in Performance and Professional Music from Berklee College of Music and a master’s degree from Berklee Global Jazz Institute majoring in Global Jazz Performance.
Throughout her musical career, she has been given opportunities to share the stage with renowned musicians such as Chris Potter, Noah Preminger, Allan Chase, Patricia Perez, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, Marco Pignataro, Ellis Hall, Catherine Russell, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Liebman and others. She participated in international festivals such as Umbria Jazz Festival 2013 (Italy), Wave of Ideas 2015 (Bulgaria), Panama Jazz Festival 2020, 2021 (Panama), Beantown Jazz Festival 2018 (Boston, MA), Monterey Jazz Festival 2018 (Monterey, CA), and appeared at “The Voice” TV show in Kazakhstan and TEDx Talks at Suffolk University.
She currently holds an Assistant Professor position at Berklee College of Music and Longy School of Music of Bard College.