Oksana Kolesnikova

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Oksana Kolesnikova
Oksana Kolesnikova1.jpg
Kolesnikova (c. 2011)
Born Oksana Yurievna Kolesnikova
1978 (age 38–39)
Barnaul, Siberia, USSR[1]
Occupation pianist, composer
Years active 1999–present
Partner(s) Alessandro Concas (m. 2000)

Oksana Yurievna Kolesnikova, also known as Pianist Oksana, is a Russian-American composer, concert pianist and businesswoman, originally from Siberia, USSR. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.[2]

She has recorded eight albums of classical, new-age and popular music[3][4][5] and operates a music school in Los Angeles.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Oksana Kolesnikova was born in Barnaul in Altai Siberia, USSR. She studied classical piano in Russia from the age of five. Following the break-up of the Soviet Union, she immigrated with her family to the United States in 1993 at the age of 15. Her family settled in St. Petersburg, Florida. After entering St. Petersburg College, Kolesnikova won the Florida State Young Artists Symposium Competition in 1999.[8] This earned her a scholarship to attend Florida State University, and she graduated with honors from their School of Music, in August 2001.[8] She became a U.S. citizen on January 18, 2006.[9] She married her manager, Alessandro Concas, in 2000.

Career[edit]

During her coursework at Florida State University and after graduation, Kolesnikova performed throughout Florida, where she was discovered by an executive at HSN (Home Shopping Network) who booked her perform on the television network.[8]

In 2003, Kolesnikova became the first Russian-American female pianist to travel overseas to entertain the U.S. Troops[10] and made two world tours on behalf of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department (MWR) of the U.S. Navy[11][12] as well as a solo tour to entertain the U.S. Troops in Italy, Spain and Greece in September 2003.

In 2006, Kolesnikova performed at the Salento International Film Festival on opening night.[13]

She has recorded eight CDs of classical and popular music as well as an instructional video for students of piano.[3]

Kolesnikova founded the "Oksana School of Music" for which she was awarded the "Best of Beverly Hills Business Award" in 2013.[14][15] She is also the owner of Oksana School of Foreign Languages.[16] Both businesses are headquartered in Los Angeles, California. A reality television series about Oksana and her students began development in early 2015. Oksana's students include Grammy award-winner Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, producer Toby Gad, The Amazing Race TV producers Elise Doganieri and Bertram Van Munster, and Kim Kardashian.[17][18]

Discography[edit]

As artist[edit]

  • Oksana (2000)
  • Free Floating (2002)
  • Angelic Winters (2002)
  • Freedom (2004)
  • Best of Two Worlds (2007)
  • Magical Journey (2010)
  • George's Collection (2011)

As composer[edit]

  • Smile Train Music Collection Volume One (2011) (charity album for Smile Train)

Media coverage[edit]

International media coverage of Kolesnikova includes television appearances on PBS with Scott Houston, “The Piano Guy,”[19] on HSN (Home Shopping Network) as a performer and a business woman,[8] and featured as “Woman of the Week”on CBS Los Angeles.[20][8] As a musician and teacher, she has been written about in The New York Times[21] and, as a performer and composer, has been featured on the cover of Hollywood Weekly[22] and Imago Magazine,[23] among others.

In 2009, her public recognition increased when she was erroneously identified in the media as the romantic partner of actor and director Mel Gibson.[24][25][26][27][28][24]

Accolades[edit]

Her album Free Floating won the "2010 Best Classical Album of the Year" on SoloPiano.com.[29][30] She has collaborated with other international musical artists for recordings, and her original compositions have been chosen by international artists to record on their own CDs, most notably her "Aurora Fantasy."[31][5] [5] Her CD, "Best of Two Worlds," evolved from a collaboration with fine artist Jim Warren, who created his own art series based on Kolesnikova's compositions.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scheiber, Dave. "Oksana's American Dream." St. Petersburg Times. October 14, 2002."[1]" Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  2. ^ "Oksana K: Breath of Fresh Air In The Music World." July 24, 2006.[2]". Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Oksana Kolesnikova - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". Oksana-k.com. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  4. ^ Hammel, Sara (2009-04-18). "Mel Gibson's Girlfriend: Mystery Solved? - Couples, Mel Gibson". People.com. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  5. ^ a b c "Pianist Oksana & Silvia Vicinelli Collaborate on Pop-Classical "Aurora"." Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. July 8, 2008. "[3]"
  6. ^ "Los Angeles Music Lessons – Piano Lessons". Oksana School of Music. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  7. ^ Cross, Anthony. "Music Lessons for Life."Tolucan Times. March 16, 2011. "[4]". Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d e Scheiber, Dave. "Oksana's American Dream." St. Petersburg Times. October 14, 2002."[5]". Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  9. ^ Rutx, Paul X. "Newly American Pianist Loves Entertaining Troops." American Forces Press Service. January 24, 2006.[6]. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  10. ^ Collazo, Krystal. "Internationally Renown Composer 'Oksana' Makes a Special Guest Appearance on 'Live Prayer with Bill Keller' Wednesday, November 15th." 'Christian News Wire'. "[7]". Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  11. ^ Rutz, Paul X. "Babe Boffo With Boys Overseas!" America's North Shore Journal. American Forces Press Service. January 25, 2006. "[8]"
  12. ^ Rutz, Paul X. "America Supports You: Newly American Pianist Loves Entertaining Troops." American Forces Press Service. U.S. Department of Defense. Jan 24, 2006. "[9]". Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  13. ^ "Beauty and Talent in the heart of Salento." Communicato Stampa "[10]" Oksana performs in Italy at the Salento International Film Festival. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  14. ^ http://www.beverlyhillsmagazine.com/beverly-hills-news/oksana-school-of-music/ Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  15. ^ http://www.labusinessjournal.com/news/2015/mar/02/musical-lessons-march/ Retrieved March 8, 2015
  16. ^ "Learn Spanish, Italian, French, Russian and Chinese". Oksana School of Languages. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  17. ^ Werth, Jenny, "Oksana A Musical Masterpiece," Hollywood Weekly Magazine, Cover and pp 6-7, April 1, 2015.
  18. ^ "Kim Kardashian Reportedly Taking Piano Lessons With Oksana Kolesnikova" March 3, 2015"[11]*.Huffington Post Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  19. ^ Oksana, the Piano Girl
  20. ^ CBS video of their clip Woman of the Week featuring Oksana, "The People's Pianist." "[12]"
  21. ^ "No Wallet Necessary." NewYorkTimes.com. March 21, 2010. "[13]". Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  22. ^ Hollywood Weekly Cover. July 2008. Photo: C. Ameruoso. "[14]". Retrieved July 3, 2011.
  23. ^ Imago Magazine Cover.Issue 2, Vol 5. "[15]". Retrieved July 3, 2011.
  24. ^ a b Hammel, Sara. "Mel Gibson's Girlfriend: Mystery Solved?" People.com. Time Inc. in partnership with CNN. April 18, 2009. "[16]". Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  25. ^ Herald wire services. Pianist Oksana Kolesnikova claims she’s not key to Mel Gibson’s breakup."Boston Herald.com. the Boston Herald and Herald Media. April 15, 2009. "[17]". Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  26. ^ Harrington, Cara. "Oksana Kolesnikova, Mel Gibson’s Mistress – Photos and Video" Hollywood Dame. April 14, 2009. "[18]". Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  27. ^ Boyle, Christina. "Oksana No. 4 seen behind Mel Gibson's door." New York Daily News. April 19, 2009. "[19]"
  28. ^ "Zangeres ontkent affaire Mel Gibson" NU.nl onderdeel van het netwerk van Sanoma Media Netherlands groep. April 14, 2009."[20]". Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  29. ^ "Classical Album of the Year" SoloPiano.com "[21]". Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  30. ^ "Album of the Year Nominations". SoloPiano. 2010-12-13. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  31. ^ "Oksana Kolesnikova: German Pavarotti to sing Aurora Fantasy." Tokafi. June 17, 2008. "[22]". Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  32. ^ Jim Warren Studios website [23]. Retrieved July 13, 2011.

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