Svetlana Yaroslavskaya was born in Kaliningrad, a western seaport city of Russia. She started playing the flute when she was six years old and the instrument soon became her passion and profession. In 1993 she moved to St.Petersburg to study flute performance in one of the most prestigious musical institutions, The St.Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. She joined the class of the distinguished flautist and Honourable Artist of Russia, Professor Alexandra Vavilina-Mravinskaya, initially at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory’s Music School then at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory.
Svetlana earned her Degree in Instrumental Performance and in Orchestral Performance in 2002. From 2003-2005 she completed her postgraduate study in the same institution and worked as an assistant of Professor A.Vavilina-Mravinskaya. During this period, Svetlana held the Principal Flute position of the St.Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra and the St.Petersburg Russian Concert Orchestra. Svetlana is a Prize Winner of the Rimsky-Korsakov All-Russia Woodwind Competition (St.Petersburg, 2000) and the International Chamber Ensemble Competition (Astana, 2004).
As a soloist, Svetlana first performed at the age of 14 with St.Petersburg Youth Chamber Orchestra and since then has appeared on numerous occasions with Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Narva Chamber Orchestra (Estonia), St.Peterburg Academic Orchestra (Russia), St.Petersburg Russian Concert Orchestra, Central Coast Symphony Orchestra (Australia) and with The Metropolitan Orchestra. Svetlana has also featured as a soloist with The Royal Australian Navy Band at Angel Place and ABC Centre, Ultimo and on a live TV broadcast in China performing Home Away from Home during a tour to Nanchang.
With The Metropolitan Orchestra (Sydney) and Maestra Sarah-Grace Williams, Svetlana has performed Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D major, Saint-Saens’ Tarantella, Vivaldi’s Flute Concerto La Notte, Bach’s Suite no.2 and Carl Vine’s Pipes Dream. In 2011, she performed Adam’s Bravura Variations – a brilliant duet for coloratura soprano, flute and orchestra – with world-renown Korean born celebrity vocalist Sumi Jo at the Sydney Opera House. In 2015, Svetlana premiered Elena Katz-Chernin’s Re-Inventions for Flute and Strings. Originally written for recorder and strings, this composer’s adaptation for flute and strings was created specifically for Svetlana.
Svetlana has also recorded various repertoire including a flute concerto, solos with wind orchestra and chamber music with various ensembles for the RAN Band CD collection. She currently holds a principal chair in The Metropolitan Orchestra and is a full-time Leading Seaman Musician in the Royal Australian Navy Band.