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Born in 1979, Russia, Anatoly Larkin has been studying and making music from around the age of 4.  After undergraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK,  Anatoly completed his doctoral studies in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota, under the advice of Alexander Braginsky.  During his years in Minnesota, he was a member of the new-music ensemble, Zeitgeist, which allowed him to fulfill his passion for contemporary and avant-garde music.  With Zeitgeist, Anatoly had premiered works by composers such as Paul Dresher, Scott Miller, Amy Wurtz, Jerome Kitzke, Bill Banfield, Anthony Gatto, Kathy Jackanich, Justin Rubin, Michael Wittgraf and many more.  He was (and continues to be) active as an improviser, having collaborated with trombonist Patrick Crossland, clarinetist Pat O'Keefe and violinist Yuri Merzhevsky.

In 2005, he moved to Raleigh, NC, to join Zenph, a music technology company.  There he developed a software/manual process, subsequently trademarked as "Re-Performance®", that made it possible to hear performances of golden age pianists in famous audio recordings (such as those on wax cylinders, or from 78s) live again, with the help of state-of-the-art reproducing piano technology.  He oversaw the recordings of critically acclaimed albums such as, for example, "Bach: The Goldberg Variations 1955 Performance", "Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff" or "Oscar Peterson: Unmistakable".  In 2010 and 2012, his re-creation of Rachmaninoff's and Marvin Hamlisch's pianism (respectively) was featured in 'Live from Lincoln Center' PBS telecast, in collaboration with violinist Joshua Bell.

Anatoly continues to perform, as well as, occasionally, compose music.  He is an enthusiastic music teacher who sees learning of music akin to learning a spoken language and also sees benefit in judicial combining of traditional methods with computer-based technology to enhance the learning process.  In 2013, his upcoming projects include an overview presentation of "Russian composers in their early 30s", recording of the same, performance of a 2-piano version of Stravinsky's "The Rite Of Spring" with the Carolina Ballet, as well as the continuing collaboration with composers John Starosta and Craig Bove.