Svetlana Makarova was born in Moscow. She started to play violin at the age of 5 in a class of Honoured Artist of Russia Ludmila Egorova.
At the age of 10 she won the first prize at famous Moscow International Youth Tchaikovsky Competition. Hereafter she won different prizes at numerous state and international competitions.
In 2008 Svetlana finished her postgraduated studies at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with professor M.Glezarova.
Svetlana actively plays and gives concerts as a soloist and as a part of different chamber ensembles. Among her partners are N. Gutman, F. Helmerssohn, P. Vernikov, A, Meunier, A. Lucchesini, C. Henckel, K. Bogino and others.
She also made several CD recordings (with pieces of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schönberg ).
She takes part in Verbier Music Festival (Switzerland), Miyazaki Music Festival (Japan), Eilat Chamber Music Festival, “Paganiniana” (Italy), Aurora Chamber Music Festival (Sweden ), Sion Festival ( Switzerland) etc.
In 2005–2008 she was teaching at famous Gnessin’s Music College in Moscow. From 2008 she is co-principal in orquestra Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia (Spain ).
Since 2009 she collaborates with P. Vernikov in masterclasses throughout the world, such as Wiener Meisterkurse and courses in Italia, Israel, Japan and Switzerland.
In 2014 she was appointed as Professor of haute Ecole de la Musique, Lausanne. Svetlana plays a violin made by N.Gagliano in 1745.