The Russian pianist, Anna Malikova, was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, by parents who were both pianists. After receiving lessons in her home town by Tamara Popovich it became clear that there was an unusual degree of talent. Consequently, she was sent to Moscow at the age of 14 years. There she entered the Central Music School and immediately became student of Lev Naumov who, already in his lifetime, was considered one of the most eminent piano pedagogues of Russia. Anna studied with him also later at Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and Naumov invited her to teach as his assistant after her "Aspirantura", which is equivalent to a masters degree. After high awards at the important international competitions in Oslo, Warsaw and Sydney, Anna Malikova became a sought-after performer in the former Soviet Union. Eventually, in 1993 she was awarded the 1st prize at the ARD Competition in Munich, which initiated her international career with numerous concert appearances in western countries. Today she performs worldwide and cooperates with many orchestras and conductors on important stages. She has released numerous CD recordings with works from Soler to Shostakovich. Recently she earned international recognition and much praise with her integral recording of the five piano concertos by Saint-Saëns, produced with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Cologne under Thomas Sanderling.