Marina Makarova is an award-winning pianist, improviser, and accompanist based in New York. She began with classical studies, later progressing to jazz. Marina has an M.D. in jazz piano performance from Gnessin Academy of Music. She has performed at Opera America, Iridium, Birdland, Kitano, Louis Armstrong House Museum, MORA, Davidzone Radio, Forte Piano Music Company, Kosciuszko Foundation, and Medgar College. Marina currently accompanies the gospel choir at Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn. Her additional training includes the Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Training Program.