Olga Stezhko

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: London

Website: olgastezhko.com

Olga Stezhko is an award-winning concert pianist, recording artist and leading interpreter of early and mid-20th century piano repertoire. Acclaimed by Classical Source as ‘a supremely delicate master of her instrument’ who possesses ‘an extraordinary presence’, Olga has performed worldwide from Barbican Hall in London to Salle Cortot in Paris to Carnegie Hall in New York City. Recent and future highlights include performances in Bridgewater Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall, the National Gallery, the Palermo Classica Festival and Leeds International Concert Season.
 
Olga is the winner of many international competitions and awards including the Grand Prix at the ‘Halina Czerny-Stefanska In Memoriam’ International Piano Competition in Poland and the First Prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition in France. Born in Minsk, she was educated in Belarus, Italy and the UK where she completed her Bachelor's and Master’s degrees with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music.
 
Olga Stezhko's specialism is early and mid-20th century repertoire and she is particularly distinguished in Scriabin and Debussy. Olga’s debut album ‘Eta Carinae’ (2014, Luminum Records) combined her passion for astronomy with music by Scriabin and Busoni and was hailed by the Gramophone Magazine as ‘an outstanding debut’ and ‘not a record for the faint-hearted but rather for those who enjoy dark and menacing regions of the mind’. Her second all-Debussy album ‘Et la lune descend’ (2018, Palermo Classica) marked the centenary of the composer’s death and received unanimous critical acclaim. International Piano Magazine described Stezhko in its CD review as a pianist who ‘communicates that excitement of discovery throughout’ and gives Debussy’s works ‘a subtle, fluent performance catching their delicious, at times severe, restraint beautifully’.
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