Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Anya Malkiel grew up in the former Soviet Union. During her University years in St. Petersburg, she and her sister were well known on the rock scene, singing with local bands Vozrozdenie and Aelita.
But Anya's first visit to a jazz club changed her singing career forever: she learned jazz standards by listening to western records and by collaborating with Russian musicians. Then she started singing jazz standards with the band Nevskaya Vosmyorka at Kvadrat jazz club and never looked back. She sang with such great musicians as Vladislav Pankevich, Eduard Moskalyov, Grigoryi Lakshin and others.
When Anya emigrated to the US in 1990, she sang with Natural Gas Jazz Band and Chicago Six in festivals in Reno, San Francisco, San Diego and Mountain View.
She took a break to raise her daughter, and has returned to her passion in recent years. Anya attended the Stanford Jazz Vocal Workshop and studied with such legendary educators as Roger Letson, Madeline Eastman and Kitty Margolis.
Anya has been singing in Sumika (Los Altos), Bella Luna (Palo Alto), Studio Pink House (Saratoga), La Boheme (Burlingame), Meridian Gallery (San Francisco) and private concerts.