Daria was born in Komsomolsk-na-Amure, Russia. She started to perform in public at the age of 6. After her initial musical training at the Amursk music school and the Academic Junior Music College in Association with Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow (class of V. M. Horoshina), she entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in 2005 to study with Professor Vladimir Ovtchinnikov.

In the years 1997-2003 she was a regular participant of the international festival "New Names of the Countries of the Pacific Rim" in Russia. As a part of the prizes she won at different competitions, notably the 2nd prize of the 1 International Halina Czerny-Stefanska Competition in Aomori, Japan, in 2000, she has been invited to perform in Japan. In 2001 Daria won the 1st prize at the International Competition of the Young Music Performers in Vladivostok, Russia. She became a Laureate of the festival "Winter Dreams", Moscow-Klin, Russia, in 2007.

In May 2009 Daria won the 3rd prize at the International piano competition “A.M.A. Calabria” in Lamezia Terme, Italy. In July 2009 Daria participated in the 12th Masterclass and Piano Festival in Granada. She was awarded with the Russian Federation Presidential grant and received the scholarship of Russian Ministry of Culture. Daria successfully graduated with honours from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in June 2010.

In 2011 Daria enrolled in the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and studied with Professor Oleg Maisenberg in graduate school. Currently Daria is studying orchestral conducting with Maestro Andrija Pavlic at the Richard Wagner Conservatoire as well as piano pedagogy with with Prof. Antoinette van Zabner at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

Daria Kovaleva in Vienna

In May 2014 Daria won the 3rd and the special prize at the Dr. Josef Dichler Piano Competition in Vienna, Austria.

In 2012, 2013 and 2015 Daria took part in Music summer courses with Professor Rolf-Dieter Arens (Villa Rechsteiner, Piavon, Italy).

From 2023 she begins working at the Academic Junior Music College at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory.

From 2000 Daria gives recitals, participates in performances of chamber ensembles as a member, and performs as a soloist with symphony orchestras in Moscow concert halls and major cities of Russia, Japan, Austria, Spain, Italy, Poland, and Germany.

Daria is also involved in major music festivals such as Liszt Festival Raiding (2023) and Wien Modern (2021).

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