Svetlana Ponomarëva was born in the Siberian city of Omsk, Russia. She went from playing with her fingers on the table at age three to being accepted, with the highest mark, to study in the prestigious Gnessins Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Svetlana studied in the classes of Professor Alexander Satz and Professor Alexander Alexandrov.
She was a finalist at the Young Concert Artist Competition in New York in 1993 and reached the semi-finals at the 1996 Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition, Canada.
In 2004 Svetlana made her New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and has since released eight CDs.
Svetlana has performed as a soloist, with orchestras and chamber ensembles, in Russia, Germany, Canada and the U.S.A. She has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Sergey Skripka, Oleg Burakov, Yuri Nikolayevsky, Dmitry Vasiliev, Russian State Prize Winner Vladimir Rylov, Valery Khalilov and Sergei Durygin.
In 2007 she published a book by Svetlana Gordeevtseva “Touching a Mystery” about articulation in clavier music by J.S. Bach and gave presentations in Vancouver and in Omsk (Russia).
In 2016-2017 Svetlana was invited to perform at the the Spasskaya Tower Festival in Moscow Kremlin.
During 2020-2021, together with her son Antoine Villéger – composer and pianist – she participated in various International online competitions in Russia, Europe (Italy, Spain, UK, Luxembourg) and Turkey earning numerous prize-winning places, as well as eight Grand-Prix, in Piano (solo and ensemble), Composition and Acting Skills nominations.
In 2021 Svetlana participated in the International Scientific Conference in Moscow with her presentation “The Art of Interpretation: Artistic Analysis of Piano Concerto #2 (op. 16 in G Minor) by Sergey Prokofiev”, for the composer’s 130th Anniversary.