Sydney International Piano Competition 2016 Finalist Oxana Shevchenko to Perform in Sydney and Melbourne

Sydney International Piano Competition 2016 Finalist Oxana Shevchenko to Perform in Sydney and Melbourne

Sydney International Piano Competition ('The Sydney') is pleased to announce the return of 2016 finalist Oxana Shevchenko for two exclusive recitals in Melbourne and Sydney this April.

Shevchenko is internationally recognised as a pianist of outstanding artistry, sensibility and versatility, and is equally in demand both as a soloist and as a chamber musician.

In 2016 Shevchenko was one of the top six finalists at The Sydney and also won the prize for the best Piano Quintet. She is also a previous winner of the top prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition, International Premio Franz Liszt Competition and the Chappel Piano Competition.

In Melbourne, Shevchenko's program will include Beethoven's Piano Sonata No.13 Op.27 No.1, Schumann's Carnaval Op.9, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, and two works by Tchaikovsky: 18 Pieces Op.72 No.5 Méditation and Dumka Op.59.

In Sydney, Shevchenko will join with the Tinalley String Quartet to perform Shostakovich's Piano Quintet in G minor Op.57 before performing solo works including Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, and Tchaikovsky's 18 Pieces Op.72 No.5 Méditation and Dumka Op.59.

Born in Kazakhstan, Shevchenko gave her first performance as a soloist with the Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra at age of nine and made her Western debut in Vilnius with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. Shevchenko has since performed with orchestras worldwide, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and the Norrlands Operan Symphony Orchestra.

A keen chamber musician, in collaboration with French/German cellist Christoph Croisé, Shevchenko won the First Prize at the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona-Mantova in 2016.

Shevchenko said, "What a wonderful gift the Sydney International Piano Competition is for any aspiring young pianist to be a part of; I am so blessed to have been one of the top prize winners in 2016. I hope Australian audiences will enjoy the program that I have created for them."

Artistic Director for The Sydney, Piers Lane AO said, "Oxana became the heroine of the 2016 competition when she was the only female player to advance to the Grand Final. She proved herself to be one of the very few competitors who were equally adept with chamber music as with solo playing, revealing empathy and a keen ear for texture. She pitted herself against some of the most challenging pieces in the repertoire, both intellectually and virtuosically, and came out on top. Three years on, her performances in Australia promise musical thrills aplenty. I'm so pleased audiences will have the opportunity to hear her as soloist AND chamber musician, and in some of the truly great piano repertoire."

Melbourne

When: 7:30pm on Tuesday, 9th April

Location: Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre - Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Melbourne

Tickets: Adults $59, Concession $53, Students $22 - from https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/

Sydney

When: 3:00pm on Sunday, 14th April (Free pre-concert talk at 2:00pm)

Location: Verbrugghen Hall at Sydney Conservatorium of Music - 1 Conservatorium Rd, Sydney

Tickets: Premium $80, Adults $70, Concession $64, Students $25 - from http://www.sydneypianocompetition.com.au

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