Svetlana Savenko was born in Moscow and studied in Russia at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. She has performed as a soloist with Ensemble Studio New Music (Moscow), with which she has appeared in such prestigious concert halls as the Moscow Conservatoire, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and Grosses Konzerthaus in Berlin. She has participated in many festivals in Russia and abroad, and has toured in Ukraine, Belarus, Slovakia, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Great Britain and USA. As a Duo Svetlana Savenko and Yuri Polubelov have performed together since 1997. Their repertoire comprises more than 350 songs for voice and piano, from Stravinsky and Schoenberg to Russian composers. They have given a number of world premieres, including compositions written for the Duo such as the song cycles of Valentin Silvestrov and the vocal pieces of Leonid Hofman and Alexander Knaifel. The Duo are also committed to promoting vocal repertoire under special themes, for instance 'Silhouettes of the Silver Age', 'In Schoenberg's Direction', 'Hundred Years of New Music' and 'Stravinsky: Nursery and Music Hall'.