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Olga Stezhko is an award-winning concert pianist, recording artist and leading interpreter of early and mid-20th century piano repertoire.

Acclaimed by Classical Source in a Wigmore Hall review as ‘a supremely delicate master of her instrument’ who possesses ‘an extraordinary presence’, she has performed worldwide at venues including the Barbican Hall, Salle Cortot and the Carnegie Hall. Recent and future highlights include performances in Bridgewater Hall,

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 the Ministry of Culture awarded Olga a special recognition.

 

Born in Minsk, Belarus, Olga Stezhko is based in London. She completed her Bachelor's and Master’s degrees with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music under Prof. Ian Fountain. Her studies were supported by some of the UK most prestigious scholarships including the Myra Hess Scholarship and the Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Award. Prior to coming to London, Olga graduated from the Republican Music College in Minsk in the class of the famous Belarusian pianists Oleg Krimer and Evgeny Pukst and was awarded a music scholarship to study at the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy. Amongst her teachers were the Trio di Parma and the legendary Trio di Trieste, who sparked her interest in chamber music.

 

As an avid chamber musician, Olga has performed at international festivals within various groups including the renowned cellist Ivan Monighetti and the late Peter Cropper of the Lindsay String Quartet. She is a member of the critically acclaimed Marsyas Trio (flute, cello, piano), whose recent engagements include performances at the Spitalfields Music Festival and St John’s Smith Square series. Their first North American tour showcased music by British and American women composers. Olga’s successes on the competition circuit include the Grand Prix at the ‘Halina Czerny-Stefanska In Memoriam’ International Piano Competition in Poland, First Prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition in France and Third Prize at the Prix Amadèo de Piano International Piano Competition in Germany.

 

Olga Stezhko's specialism is early and mid-20th century repertoire and she is particularly distinguished in Scriabin and Debussy. Olga’s debut album ‘Eta Carinae’ (2014, Luminum Records) combined her passion for astronomy with music by Scriabin and Busoni and was hailed by 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 second all-Debussy album ‘Et la lune descend’ (2018, Palermo Classica) marked the centenary of the composer’s death and received universal critical acclaim. International Piano Magazine described Stezhko in its 4-star CD review as a pianist who ‘communicates that excitement of discovery throughout’ and gives Debussy’s works ‘a subtle, fluent performance catching their delicious, at times severe, restraint beautifully’.

 

Olga Stezhko is very grateful to Massimo Prelz Oltramonti, Rory and Noelle Colfer, Tim and Daška Hatton, Help Musicians UK, 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.