Pavel Zarukin won second prize in the 1984 Viotti International Piano Competition in Vercelli, Italy. He received his D.M.A. in Musical Arts from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in 1985 and worked as a Piano Department Faculty member there 1986-1991. After coming to the US in 1992 he taught Piano at the Musical Arts Academy of Bucks County, General Music and Choir at Elizabeth, NJ, Trenton, NJ Public Schools and Gateway Special Needs School in Carteret, NJ, 1999-2019. Currently he teaches music at the Christ the King Regional School in Haddonfield, NJ and holds positions of an Organist and Choir Director at Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne, PA and a Staff Accompanist at the American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School in Princeton, NJ.