Olga Stezhko piano
Olga Stezhko is one of Belarus's leading young pianists, making great strides on the international concert circuit. Classical Source acclaimed her in a Wigmore Hall review as "a supremely delicate master of her instrument” who possesses "an extraordinary presence”. Olga has performed at premier venues from the Barbican Hall to Salle Cortot to the Carnegie Hall, both as a soloist and in recital. This year’s highlights include performances in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall, the National Gallery, Palermo Classica Festival, Leeds International Concert Season and the ‘Belarusians of the World’ Arts Festival in Minsk, where Olga was awarded a special recognition by the Ministry of Culture.
Born in Minsk, Olga is based in London where she completed her Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music with distinction. Her specialism is early and mid-20th century repertoire and she is particularly preeminent in Scriabin and Debussy. Olga’s music is a journey for the soul but also for the intellect. Her ability to ignite the imagination and curiosity of the audience by linking her programmes to a range of extra-musical topics such as astrophysics and psychology is surprising and original. Olga’s debut album ‘Eta Carinae’ where she combined her passion for astronomy with music by Scriabin and Busoni, was hailed by Bryce Morrison of 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 next, eagerly anticipated all-Debussy album will be released worldwide in 2018 to mark the centenary of the composer’s death.
Olga is extremely grateful to Massimo Prelz Oltramonti, Rory and Noelle Colfer, Tim and Daška Hatton, Help Musicians UK (formerly Musicians Benevolent Fund), Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the Kirckman Concert Society, the Tillett Trust, the Solti Foundation, the Park Lane Group and the Royal Academy of Music for their generous support.