Zinaida Karandakova graduated from the Voronezh State Institute of Arts (1989, student of D.V. Gornova).
After graduation Zinaida Karandakova was lecturer of the Voronezh State Institute of Arts. Then continue career of soloist of the Voronezh Philharmonic (1994-2005) and the "New Opera" (Moscow, 1994-1996). Since 2005, the soloist of the Lipetsk Regional Philharmonic. She tours on cities of Russia and abroad (Germany, Spain, France).