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Born in Altai
Siberia, Russia, on April 5, 1978, OKSANA (Oksana
Yurievna Kolesnikova) was introduced to the piano at a very young age by her
parents, who had noticed in her an exceptional interest in music. She
started her first lessons at the Alma-Ata School of Music in Kazakhstan and
won her first piano competition at age 9.
In 1993 she moved with her family to the United States and settled in Tampa
Bay, Florida, where she currently resides. Graduated with honors from
Florida State University in August 2001 where she studied under some of the
finest music professors.
Oksana studied classical music for 17 years. She won several competitions
and earned prizes, scholarships and earned much publicity with the media.
However, she became very popular when she merged from being strictly a
classical pianist to the versatile contemporary artist she is today. With a
colorful repertoire ranging from Baroque to Rock 'n Roll to her original
works, Oksana wows audiences with her trademark passionate playing, beauty
and a down-to-earth personality.
Her first European tour will include appearances in Holland, England,
Germany, France and Italy. Often referred to as 'The Queen of Keyboards"
Oksana is known to startle her audiences with her versatility and elegant
outfits, performing on anything that sports a keyboard, from Bösendorfer
Imperials to strap-on midi controllers, to church organs, to harpsichords.
OKSANA has just released two CDs, "Free Floating" - her first collection of
original compositions, and 'Angelic Winters' - several classical and folk
songs she grew up with when living in Russia. Both CDs are available for
purchase at Borders Books & Music, during live performances, or can be
purchased at the online store.
OKSANA has a 14 year-old brother, Erik and a 15 year-old sister, Sofia,
talented musicians as well. They are featured as guest artists in the first
"OKSANA" recording, released in 2000 and in 'Angelic Winters."
When not performing, Oksana is busy in her studio recording and/or
practicing for a minimum of eight hours a day, seven days a week. She's now
working on several popular contemporary songs and famous Spanish/Latin hits
for two new CDs to be released in late 2003.
Besides her lifelong passion for music, Oksana shares a passion for
literature, Italian, dancing, (salsa & merengue) going to the movies during
her breaks from the piano. She lives in Tampa Bay, Florida with her husband
of three years and their two cats.