“Music brings us together. It inspires us. It helps build confidence in young people, and brings fulfillment to adults and seniors. To me, music is a blessing.” – Oksana Kolesnikova
World-renowned Russian-born pianist and composer, Oksana Kolesnikova, is a live performer, musical collaborator, educator, entrepreneur, mother, and social activist.
Oksana’s performances have entertained and inspired millions of people around the world, including members of U.S. Troops and U.N. Officials throughout Asia and Europe. In 2003, Oksana became the first Russian-American female pianist to travel overseas to entertain the U.S. Troops. She embarked on two world tours on behalf of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department (MWR) of the U.S. Navy. The young musician continued on a solo tour to entertain the U.S. Troops in September 2003, which brought her to the countries of Italy, Spain, and Greece. In February 2004, Oksana went to Asia, where she performed for troops in Guam, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and Singapore with Navy MWR. Upon completion of her performance tours, Oksana moved to Los Angeles, California.
Oksana’s move to Los Angeles brought her to the heart of the Hollywood elite, as she was the weekly performer at the legendary Polo Lounge in The Beverly Hills Hotel from 2006 until 2012. Due to her notoriety and interactions with individuals in the likes of Maria Shriver, the Osbourne family, Mel Gibson, Sir Elton John, among others, Oksana continues to be in demand for private and charitable events.
To date, Oksana has recorded eight CDs of original, classical, and popular music. Her “Free Floating” album won the “2010 Best Classical Album of the Year” on Solo Piano.com. In addition, she has collaborated with other international music artists for recordings, and her original compositions have been sought after by highly-regarded individuals. Her album, "Best of Two Worlds," evolved from a collaboration with notable fine artist Jim Warren, who created his own art series based on Oksana's compositions.
As a music teacher, Oksana provides students of all ages a means for artistic outlet. "Being able to teach a variety of musical instruments through my School of Music makes me feel more complete as an artist and more accomplished as an individual," Oksana expresses, as she believes that sharing the gift of music is her primary mission in life. Currently, Oksana owns and operates Oksana School of Music. The self-made entrepreneur also owns and operates Oksana School of Languages, an educational forum wherein students are able to participate in private instruction in Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese.
A native of Barnaul in Siberia, Russia, and alumna of the College of Music at Florida State University and Saint Petersburg College, Oksana currently resides in Beverly Hills with her family. She continues to dedicate much of her time, music, and sales of CDs to charitable causes, including environmental concerns through Cool Green Fashion for Forests and children with cleft palate through Smile Train.
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