Anna Likhacheva, a 24-year-old who hails from Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia, started taking guitar lessons at age 3, and by the time she was 7 had won competitions in St. Petersburg and Moscow, under the tutelage of her father, music professor Yury Likhachev. She went on to win a Segovia competition in 2002, and has been very successful ever since, mostly playing around Europe, but also in North America and Asia, as well.


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YouTube has videos of Likhacheva dating back to when she was just 4, and she was always good! (Check out this video from when she was 9; unfortunately a right-channel-only recording). Here, in at age 12, she plays a remarkably expressive version of the Pavana by Francisco Tárrega (1852–1909). The work has been recorded by a number of fine guitarists through the years, including Narciso Yepes and David Russell.