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Marta Andriasova (Marina Kudryashova) is an author, musicologist (member of the American Musicological Society), teacher, music producer, founder and owner of IMMA Publishing Co. She was born in Moscow, USSR, to a family of scientists. Her father, Leonid Vasilyevich Kudryashov, was a scholar-biologist, a Professor of the Moscow Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov State University. Her mother, Irina Veniaminovna Lebedeva, was a chemistry teacher. Her grandfather, Veniamin Alexandrovich Lebedev, was a scholar-chemist, who was falsely accused, arrested, and killed as an "Enemy of the Soviet State" during Joseph Stalin's regime, and later, after Stalin's death, was found innocent.   

Marta began to play piano at the age of five. She entered the Moscow Music School pre-Moscow Conservatory to study piano at the age of seven. She continued her studies at the Moscow Conservatory Music College simultaneously with the High School under the Moscow University. In 1958, Marta entered the M. V. Lomonosov  Moscow University to study bio-chemistry. She needed to choose between science and music. She chose the music, and in 1959 entered the Moscow Conservatory. In 1964, she graduated from the Moscow Conservatory with Honors, studying a musicology with many well-known professors, including Alexei Ivanovich Kandinsky (nephew of the artist, Vasilii Kandinsky) with a diploma research on "The Vocal Compositions by Mussorgsky".

She married Iosif Andriasov in 1963. They were married for 37 years. Between 1964-1966, Marta was a post-graduate student at the Conservatory, and wrote a dissertation "The Instrumental Works by Evgeny Golubev". Until 1978, Marta taught at the Moscow Conservatory (music history at department of Russian and Soviet Music and at department of Music Theory at the Military Conductors division). Her researches were published by the “Muzyka Press” and Moscow Conservatory publications. She was not re-elected to teach at the Conservatory for publicly refusing to attribute Iosif Andriasov‘s philosophical ideas to Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the U.S.S.R..     

In 1979, Marta immigrated to the U.S., with her husband. Since 1979, she wrote many researches, including “The Six Concerti Armonici are returned to their genuine author, the great Italian composer-violinist Pietro Locatelli”. She writes extensively on the music of Iosif Andriasov, including the notes for the Denver Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Russian Federal Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra of the Armenian National Radio, and is the Administrator of his Estate. Marta is in the International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians’ Directory, Cambridge, England, and has won numerous awards, including the Fellowship from the Italian Government for Music research, Milan, Italy.   

Until recently, Marta worked at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Inc., New York City. Since leaving Lincoln Center, she has written and published a book called: Essays on the Music of Iosif Andriasov.