Alexandra Makarova was born in Leningrad in 1986. In 2010 she graduated from the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire as a choral conductor (in Boris Abalyan’s class) and in 2015 she completed her postgraduate studies at the conservatoire. She was a prize winner at the International Jāzeps Vītols Conducing Competition in Riga (2009, 4th prize and the Latvian Radio Chorus Special Prize) and the International Boris Tevlin Choral Conducting Competition in Moscow (2014, 1st prize). Since 2008 she has directed the Festino chamber chorus (St, Petersburg). In 2013 she founded the Chamber Chorus of the Polytechnic University. Alexandra Makarova has also conducted the Student Chorus and Chamber Chorus of the St Petersburg Conservatoire, the Chamber Chorus of the Moscow Conservatoire, the Student Chorus of the Latvian Academy of Music and the Latvian Radio Chorus.