Born and raised in Nova Sibersk, Russia, Marina Swales has been playing piano since the age of seven. Graduating from the College of Music and State Conservatoire with degrees in solo, chamber, accompaniment, and pedagogy she has continued to work in all mediums since 1980. Through various contracts and tours, she has performed in France, Germany, Holland, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico and throughout the United States. Moving to Toronto, Canada in 2001, she established a dynamic teaching career which allowed several of her students to win awards and competitions at the highest levels. Relocating to Northern California in 2007, she now continues to follow her passion of teaching, accompanying, and performing.