Svetlana Nesterova was born in Yekaterinburg. Between 1995 and 2000 she studied at the composition faculty of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of B. Tishchenko). At the same time, she worked as a concert master at the faculty of stage movement at the Academy of Theatre Art. In 2002 she completed a post-graduate study at the St Petersburg Conservatoire. Has taken part in the festivals Musical Spring, Sound Routes and From the Avant-garde to the Present Day. In 1999 she received the grant Muses of Petersburg in the category “Music”. Has performed music by contemporary Petersburg composers in St Petersburg, Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad and Vitebsk. Together with a student delegation from the St Petersburg Conservatoire, she has taken part in concerts in Moscow and Boston (USA). In 2005 she was a prize-winner at the All-Russian Mariinsky Theatre Competition, presenting the one-act opera The Lawsuit based on a subject by Nikolai Gogol. In 2007 she won first prize at the All-Russian Andrei Petrov Competition for her violin fantasy In the World of High Technology.