Katia Tchemberdji was accepted at the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory when she was just seven years old; she continued her studies in composition, music theory and piano there in 1978. Her most important teachers were Nikolai Korndorf and Yuri Cholopov. In 1984 Katia Tschemberdji passed all her examinations with honours. From 1984 to 1990 she taught at the Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow. Since 1990 she has lived and worked in Berlin. In 2003 Tschemberdji received a post teaching composition to children and youths at the Paul Hindemith Music School in Neukölln (Berlin).
In equal demand as a pianist and composer, Katia Tchemberdji has been invited to numerous international chamber music festivals. She undertook extensive concert tours as the accompanist of the cellist Natalia Gutman. Katia Tchemberdji has received numerous composition commissions from renowned soloists and organisers. Her predominantly introverted, lyrical-expressive style develops moving sonic effects, especially in her piano and vocal ensemble music.