MARGARITA Biography Margarita sound is captivating, once you hear her songs you will never let go of her music and of your life. There is streak of sorrow in Margarita's songs because of some things she has experienced in her life, and because in some ways our lives are finite, however there is a fountain of youth and passion, and wisdom and eternal beauty and love in her songs. And that is exactly what Margarita is all about. Her music is about hope and life and second chances, and never giving up. Never! And becoming a success despite all the odds against you! Margarita was born in the Ukraine in the city of Dnepropetrovsk. Margarita's mother is Ukranian and her Father is Jewish and that created some difficulty in the family. Margarita started writing songs when she was only 5 years at the same time when she started attending Classical Music School at the Music School 12 in the Dnepropetrovsk. She was a good student and tried to do her best in everything she did. First 10 years of her childhood Margarita spent with her Angel Grandmother Anna Ivanovna Chorpita. Grandmother read to Margarita fairy tales from the very old book every night. The book was so thick and so old, it was dark Bordeaux Color and the fairytales were so magical and so spiritual. Perhaps this is where mysticism, magic, and faith into something more in life started taking place. And love for songwriting and storytelling. At 10 years old Margarita was accepted to the very prestigious Music School Lisenka for gifted children, to study classical piano. Therefore she had to relocate to Kyiv - the capital of the Ukraine. This school was a very competitive boarding school where children were studying music as well as regular subjects, however main subject was music. At 16 years old age Margarita immigrated to the US due to many circumstances, one of them was poverty. Margarita and her mom had no place to live and no place to call home. She came to the US with nothing but hope and a dream, she did not even speak English. She had literally one pair of jeans and one t-shirts, that's it. As soon as she came she had to work in a local department store in Brooklyn for minimum wage to make her living. No friends, starting over in a new country not knowing anything, it was beyond "hard", it was "impossible"... Yet despite all the odds: MARGARITA won The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, 1st place. The Contest is sponsored by Yoko Ono and BMI for the Best SONG! Margarita has met with Yoko Ono and legendary Producer Arif Mardin. Margarita Shamrakov is a Piano Girl With her new CD' TRAGEDY" there is no doubt she will take all over the world. This CD was produced by Multi - Platinum Engineer and Producer Mike Anzel. Margarita is a very proud member of Montel Williams Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, and her songs were featured on their yearly compilation in 2006. Margarita is a classically trained pianist and her piano playing is amazing! Margarita plays piano on all songs and wrote all the songs! Margarita has more than 100 songs. Margarita performed all over New York City in places like - The ANNEX, CBGB's Gallery, Luna Lounge, Symphony Space Bar, Gizzy's Coffee, Cake Shop, West Nile, Alrene's Grocery, C-Note,169 Bar, Sidewalk Cafe, the New Yorker Show, Warner Brothers Channel 35, Seize the Night Show and more...