Olga Stezhko is an award-winning concert pianist, leading interpreter of early and mid 20th century music and producer of mind-expanding cross-disciplinary projects.



Press and Reviews

Something special happened here at the Wigmore Hall. The elegant Belorussian pianist Olga Stezhko slipped onto the platform almost unnoticed, such was her lack of ceremony, and that same attractively quicksilver and elusive music-making typified what followed.

Her intelligent and personal programme-note explained the whys and wherefores of a quick-fire series of works almost exclusively from the early part of the 20th-century, from composers who were principally Russian but peppered and contrasted with the work of Debussy. The pieces were predominantly miniatures, and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Musical Toys rushed by with some sections just a few bars long. But the exquisite journey we were taken on gave Stezhko the maximum opportunity to demonstrate her wonderful powers of characterisation as well as an extraordinary will-o’-the-wisp delicacy in much that she played.

With much that may have been unfamiliar territory, there was a particular joy in Lev Abeliovich’s Tarantella (1984), which combines elements of perpetual motion with wildness, a similar angular joy so typical of Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Stravinsky.

Stezhko’s more muscular side came to the fore with the various Scriabin elements, all late works and ending with the massive build in intensity that typifies Vers la flamme. The enthusiastic audience left to the echo of Stezhko’s return to Debussy (‘Serenade for the Doll’ from Children’s Corner) before she disappeared from view having been an extraordinary presence and a supremely delicate master of her instrument.
— Stewart Collins / Classical Source
The playing was assured and spirited. In Debussy’s Images, Books I and II, Ms Stezhko produced a full range of colours and moods so carefully contained in the music.
Scriabin’s Five Preludes Op. 74 and Vers la flamme Op. 72 were among the last works he composed ... it was here that Ms Stezhko showed her full mature mastery. This was a recital where her delicacy and power were equal bedfellows... enthralling artistry.
— Edward Clark / Musical Opinion
Olga Stezhko makes a strong impression with this imaginative programme of little-played Scriabin and Busoni.

In late Scriabin, Stezhko is excellent at weaving the music’s spell from its unique combination of rhythmic complexity, harmonic daring and evaporating sonorities.

Stezhko admirably meets the demands of the two Busoni pieces, whether the dark Second Sonatina or the fearsome Toccata… this is a promising talent.
— Tim Parry, BBC Music Magazine

4 **** Review of Olga's album in 'The Independent'

The Independent 4 star review for Olga Stezhko's album Eta Carinae

Concert Review, Barometern, Sweden

The Kalmar Chamber Music Society has the rare chance to present a special performer in its programme. A nearly packed Grona Hall at Kalmar Castle welcomed and enjoyed a phenomenally talented pianist. The young Belarusian Olga Stezhko has already been praised by international experts and she showed her extraordinary skill at the concert.

Olga Stezhko’s concert programme was both substantial and varied. With finesse, she introduced four of the classical music masters. First was Claude Debussy and his Images 1 and 2, and Olga Stezhko elegantly captured the tricky sounds and harmonies.
Johannes Brahms’ 6 Klavierstücke was interpreted magnificently and the famous Intermezzo in A major was presented with great sensitivity and affection.

In Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 4 in C minor Olga Stezhko emerged a piano soloist with with a great feeling for the composer’s metamorphosis of tempos and nuances and elegantly transitioned between a quiet and a bright tonal language.
This year marks the 100 year anniversary of Alexander Scriabin’s death. Olga Stezhko chose the composer’s Five Preludes and finished the concert with Scriabin’s Vers la flamme - a fiery end to a brilliant concert.

A standing ovation was the audience’s collective tribute and Olga Stezhko thanked them in turn, with music by Vilhelm Stenhammar.

— Lage Olsson, Barometern


Interview in 'Giornale Di Sicilia'


BBC Music Magazine


Interview in 'Where Minsk'


Телеканал ОНТ (Беларусь), Новости

Концерт в Барбикан-Холле (Лондон) 9 июня 2015 года

ONT (Belarus National Television), News

Concert at the Barbican Hall (London) 9 June 2015