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OKSANA

Artist Faculty

OKSANA, born and raised in San Diego, California, received her Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Professor Nelita True. She then went on to complete her Masters Degree at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, Austria in the studio of Professor Oleg Marshev. Oksana began her piano studies at the age of five and at the age of 13, was privileged to be accepted as a private student of the late Professor Vitaly Margulis, with whom she studied for two years until his passing in 2011.

 

Oksana then continued her studies with Dr. Sarkis Baltaian of Los Angeles before enrolling at the Eastman School of Music, where she was the recipient of the Howard Hanson, Philip Farish and Avis D. Vaughn Scholarship Awards. She has attended piano festivals in the US and Europe, including the Vitaly Margulis Piano Master Class at the University of California Los Angeles, the Colburn Academy Piano Festival in Los Angeles, Klaviersommer John Perry Piano Festival in Germany, Southern California Music Institute with John Perry, as well as the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Florida and the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy. These festivals enabled her to study with many great artists including Vitaly Margulis, John Perry, Mina Perry, Thomas Schumacher, Rebecca Penneys, Blanca Uribe, Gabriel Kwok, Jean-David Cohen, Dmitri Shteinberg, Christopher Harding, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Fr. Sean Duggan, Eunmi Ko, Roberta Rust, Ori Shihor, Andrew Park, and Wojciech Kocyan.

Her childhood dream of playing with the symphony came true when she was chosen as a 2010 Young Artist “Hot Shots” Competition winner. She performed the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the San Diego Symphony at their 100 Year Anniversary Gala in December of that year. She was also invited to perform in the San Diego Symphony’s Children’s Concert Series “Bravo, Beethoven!” in May 2010. Oksana also performed in the La Jolla Music Society’s Discovery Series Prelude Concerts in 2012, and was a regularly featured performer for the Music 101 Radio broadcast on San Diego’s classical station 104.9 FM. In addition, she was a featured soloist with the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra performing Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto and Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3.

"I have taken lessons from a variety of teachers and there is just no comparison.  If you want to learn to play the piano, really learn to play well, then this is the place.  These are not your typical music teachers, they are professionals who really care about their students and learning to play correctly and well." - Howard W.

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