Evgeny Zarafiants was born in Novosibirsk in 1959, to a musical family. His father, an oboist and pianist, was a member of the military band in the Kremlin and his mother is a singer and pianist. Zarafiants began learning the piano with his father when he was six years old and at the age of eight entered the Central Music School in Moscow, although before finishing his studies there he moved to Orsk, eventually completing his studies at the Glinka Conservatory in Gorky. Competition successes include prizes in the 1985 All-Russian Competition and in the Pogorelich Competition in Pasadena, soon after which he was invited to Croatia to teach at a private music school in Mirkovich. Evgeny Zarafiants has taught at the Conservatory in Nizhny Novgorod. His developing international career has brought recitals and broadcasts in various countries of Western Europe.