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