Our guest artist for the February 6, 2015 Winter Concert: All That Jazz.


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Maria Kolesnyk, eighteen-year-old Ukrainian pianist who was born in Chernihiv, Ukraine, began her music studies in piano at age of 5. While studying piano at middle school and high school in Ukraine, she won numerous local, regional and national competitions. Following graduation from Kiev Music High School (Ukraine), in 2013 she came to the United States to get her bachelor degree in piano at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where her teacher is Mykola Suk.

Most recently, she has been named the winner in the Nevada MTNA Competition ‘’Senior Performance’’. Also, she has been granted a full scholarship at International Keyboard Institute & Festival in summer 2014. This year, Maria, for the second year in a row, became a winner of the Gateway Arts Foundation Scholarship Award. While taking part in numerous masterclasses, she worked with internationally renowned musicians such as Emanuel Krasovsky (Israel), Vadim Rudenko (Russia), Nina Tichman (Germany), Jerome Rose (USA), among many others.

Tonight’s performance is not Maria’s first-time experience playing with orchestra. Previously, she performed Liszt’s Concerto no.1 with Symphony Orchestra “Philharmonia”, Chernihiv; she also played Concerto no.21 by Mozart and Rapsodia Sinfonica for Piano and Orchestra by Joaquin Turina.