Oksana Kolesnikava: Breath of Fresh Air In The Music World
Oksana was born in Barnaul in the Soviet Union in Altai Siberia. Oksana Yurievna Kolesnikova first had an introduction to a piano at a very young age. This introduction became a passion & as she grew older she became a very gifted pianist. In 1993 her family immigrated to the U.S.A. where they soon settled in Florida.Â In 1999 she won the Florida State Young Artist Piano Competition, which earned her a scholarship to attend Florida State University. Oksana graduated, with honors from Florida State University in August 2001.
Since that time she has performed 100's of concerts. There have been 2 world tours to Europe & to Asia where she for the U.S. Troops deployed overseas. One of the most versatile and charismatic pianists since Liberace, Oksana is the first and only Russian-American female pianist to travel overseas to entertain the U.S. Troops.Â She has made 2 world tours on behalf of the Morale, Welfare & Recreation Department of the U.S. Navy, to Europe in 2003 & to Asia in 2004. There is a pending 2006 tour with the U.S. Armed Forces Entertainment is taking her to Egypt, Turkey & Italy.
Oksana is becoming an increasingly recognized household name across the nation. Her regular appearances on HSN with cosmetic mogul Adrienne Arpel & on Public Television nationwide with Scott Houston 'The Piano Guy' have helped to make her a well-known & much enjoyed celebrity. Oksana will soon release her own instructional videos, CDs & other signature products by way of various TV shopping networks. Recently Oksana was nominated 'Woman of the Week' by CBS Los Angeles & was also invited to perform at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Oksana is a talented young woman with a flair for the understated in her music.
She has released 6 CDs so far which you can see at the Online Store. Her upcoming release is 'The Best of Both Worlds' a collection of original works inspired by the paintings of Grammy award winning fine artist Jim Warren. Oksana is also collaborating with Olympic gold medal winner, Oksana Baiul, on a project that will bring their respective art forms, music & skating together.
Much of Oksana's original compositions are noty only beautiful in a classical sense but she imbues a sense of nature, a touch of the haunting quality found only in the wild places of the world. Oksana's music reminds me of the sounds one hears in such places as the open ocean at night or the early morning, the high windswept peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the raw beauty of the Kamchatka Peninsula & so much more. Her original scores & works are considered to be "New Classical."Â Oksana is not just a gorgeous lady, she has a brain, a sense of humor, can definitely think on her feet, lives a fairy-tale life, seeks adventure & is despite all of this a down-to-earth gal with a dynamite husband/manager who believes in her abilities, talent & her love. Her infectious enthusiasm for life, for music & her ability to express life with her music comes from deep within her soul.
Besides being beautiful Oksana has a big heart & is always ready to devote her efforts to help & assist others. Oksana is a fun-loving, unassuming young lady of magnificent talent, humility & beauty. She has an outstanding sense of humor, a sense of derring-do & enjoys riding her motorcycle with her husband. It is not unusual to see Oksana at local restaurants in the Tampa Bay area nor is it unusual to find her playing in a mall as an attraction. She is paying her dues to become a famous, exceptional & well-known celebrity. Those of us who have seen Oksana in person know & love her. Those of you who have yet to do so have that waiting for you!
Oksana Kolesnikova, the Siberian-born pianist and composer, became a naturalized U.S. citizen on Saturday, December 24, 2005, After the swearing ceremony, Oksana celebrated with a recital of a variety of music styles as well as some premiering her most recent original works. She closed her performance with a touching rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.Â This gala yet personal event was open to the public at the Regatta Beach Sunset Grille, located on Clearwater Beach, Florida. Oksana played a selection that delighted her audience
Being a unique crossover between artist as well as an entrepreneur, Kolesnikova daily reaches millions of fans worldwide on the Internet, the Home Shopping Network & with more than a few more creative collaborations with other artists with whom she shares common bonds & goals. Her CD's have become a highly sought-after item in many venues. You can ask for them at Borders Books & Music or on Amazon.com
Oksana Kolesnikova will appear on PBS regularly throughout 2006 on the educational program "Learn Piano in a Flash".
You may see & learn more about Oksana the web at either or both of the following web sites:
You may also download & listen to a sample of her work from her web site at:
Oksana makes her home in the Tampa Bay area of Florida as well as the Los Angeles area of California. It is toÂ Florida where she & her husband come to relax after her road tours.