Betty Makharinsky

Biography

Elizabeth is a British-Russian soprano based in London. She greatly enjoys singing contemporary repertoire and returns annually to Oxford University to perfom for student composition workshops with pianist Jonathan Powell. She also collaborates with Jonathan on 20th Century song repertoire; they have given recitals together at the Levoča Indian Summer festival in Slovakia, and in the UK at venues such as Pushkin House, the Jacqueline du Pré Hall, and the Brighton Fringe festival. In addition, Elizabeth frequently collaborates with pianist Pavel Timofeyevsky, and together they have given a number of UK recitals. For the 2019 Dartington International Festival, Betty performed the role of Michal Saul (c. Laurence Cummings) and the soprano solos of Tippett's Five Spirituals and Beethoven's Choral Fantasia (c. Stephen Barlow). For the 2018 Suoni dal Golfo Festival, Betty sang the soprano solos of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, a recital with pianist Armine Grigoryan dedicated to Nadezhda von Meck, as well as a  theatrical performance composed by Anna Segal. She has sung extensively with professional consorts, through which she has toured to the USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. She is the soprano soloist on the EM Records world premiere recording of C.V. Stanford’s Mass in G, as well as being part of the solo-voice consort for the Pan Classics CD of Pelham Humfrey Symphony Anthems lead by Edward Higginbottom and accompanied by Instruments of Time and Truth. Elizabeth trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and on the Barock Vokal programme in Mainz, Germany. She previously received a First Class Music BA from the University of Oxford.