Karina Burch is the Founder of Burch Music Academy and the Southern California Youth Mozart Festival. At the tender age of six, she was a student at the Tchaikovsky Music School for Gifted Children in Moscow. Her teacher was Professor Elza Apressova - a pupil of the legendary pianist Heinrich Neuhaus. Heinrich Neuhas was one of the founders of Russian School of Piano Performance and the teacher of Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels.
At 12, Karina had her first orchestra debut performing J.S Bach Piano Concerto in D Minor with the State Symphony Orchestra. She was the youngest participant in the J.S Bach, and F. Mendelssohn competitions. She was one of the finalists in both competitions. Karina graduated from the Moscow Conservatory with Honors. Throughout her professional career Karina distinguished herself as a serious, thoughtful musician and an educator.
In 1992 Karina was awarded a Special Prize at the International Piano Competition as J.S Bach in Leipzig, Germany. The following year, she participated in the F. Mendelssohn International Piano Competition.
Karina continues her performing and teaching career after immigrating to the United States. She has over 20 years of continental experiences. She is a member of the California Music Teachers Association and a member of the National Music Teachers Association.