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Olga’s debut concept album featuring music by Scriabin and Busoni will be released worldwide in 2014.
The Times “Stezhko played with great skill and sensitivity”
The Independent "Stezhko made luminous sense"
After making her debut as a soloist on the stage of the National Opera House in Minsk at the age of eight, Olga’s first foreign concert followed up soon in Poland. Since then she has given numerous performances around the world at such venues as Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall and Southbank Centre in London; Minsk Philharmonic Hall in Belarus; Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria in Santander; Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) in New York City and was invited to the various festivals in the UK, Spain and Italy. In the 2012-2013 season Olga performed Tchaikovsky’s Concerto no.1 at the opening night in the Opera Theatre of Saint-Étienne and made her French solo debut at Salle Cortot in Paris.
Olga Stezhko was born in Minsk, Belarus. She started to play the piano at the age of five and entered the Republican Music College in Minsk a year later. She studied there with the famous Belarusian pianists Oleg Krimer and Evgeny Pukst, graduating with distinction. In 2002 she was awarded one of only a handful of scholarships to study at the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, where her teachers were Alberto Miodini and the legendary Trio di Trieste. In 2004 she came to the Royal Academy of Music in London on a scholarship, graduating with 1st Class Honours in 2008. She completed an MMus at the RAM with distinction and all piano prizes in 2010, studying under Ian Fountain, supported by the RAM and some of the most prestigious UK scholarships such as the Myra Hess Award from the Musicians' Benevolent Fund and Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund as well as Mr Massimo Prelz Oltramonti. Olga has won many international piano competitions, prizes and awards including the Grand Prix at the First International Piano Competition Halina Czerny-Stefanska In Memoriam in Poland and 1st Prize at the N. Rubinstein International Piano Competition. She was chosen as one of the winners of the Tillett Trust Young Artists' Platform scheme and the prestigious Park Lane Group Young Artists Series. In 2012 she reached the semi-finals of the Geneva International Music Competition. Olga was invited to participate in the masterclasses with such distinguished musicians as the late Halina Czerny-Stefanska, the late Alexander Satz, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Lilya Zilberstein, Garrick Ohlsson, Dmitry Bashkirov, Piers Lane, Fou Ts'ong, Howard Shelley, Bruno Canino and Richard Goode.
Apart from performing a wide range of classical repertoire, Olga develops unconventional multimedia projects that combine music, avant-garde films, literature and light design under one thematic arch. Her other interest is in physics.