About Larissa

Larissa BurakLarissa Kovalchuk’s exceptional soprano voice, combined with the gentle sounds of the bandura, has thrilled audiences as geographically distant as her native Ukraine, Western Europe and around Australia.

She was born into a family of visual artists and musicians and began her musical training as a child. As she says, – “I sang before I talked”.

Larissa studied voice, bandura and conducting at Kiev Conservatorium of Music and soon became one of the nation’s leading players. She performed in numerous festivals in the Ukraine and Western Europe, including Latvia, Estonia Germany and France. Larissa was a laureate of the 1993 all-Ukrainian Bandura Festival and won international renown at the 1994 “All the World’s Violins“ Festival in France, that was organized by Yehudi Menuhen.

Since moving to Australia, Larissa has made recordings with SBS Radio and Television Company, has appeared in Opera House, Multicultural Festivals, Musica VIva, Cafe Carnivale and Australia Day Concerts. She completed her Masters Degree in Education at Sydney University and now divides her time between performing and teaching at the Australian Institute of Music.