Originally from Belarus, at twenty years old Masha is an award-winning cellist who has played individually, with groups of musicians and multiple orchestras throughout Europe and the United States. Masha started her performing career at the "Stagorsky Music Festival," followed by collaborating with Minsk Philharmonic Orchestra for three solo performances in the consecutive years.
From the Republican Music College (Minsk, Class of I. Stepanova) and the Tchaikovsky Music Academy (Moscow, Class of O. Galochkina), Masha has been invited to study in the United States with Tanya Remenikova, an internationally renowned cellist and professor at the University of Minnesota. In three years, she has performed in five states, played with Minnesota Sinfonia Orchestra, and became a laureate of nine competitions.
Masha’s performance at Jordan Hall (Boston, MA) and interview have been featured on the NPR’s From The Top in 2016, followed by a concert in collaboration with Christopher O’Riley in NYC.
Most recently, Masha has developed a unique practice combining classical cello and electronic loop pedal, which allows for an array of different music styles and improvisation. One of the very few classical artists familiar with the technique, she works on scoring films and recording her own compositions. A second generation musician, Masha is currently a principal cellist with the Conservatory at Bard College in Annandale, New York.
Masha Zabara plays an O.Glásel violoncello, 1917, generously provided by Carlsen Cello Foundation and Diamond CodaBow, awarded by the Mary West Solo Competition.
“So playful, so
evocative. Projecting performance!” – NPR