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Kseniia Polstiankina

Kseniia Polstiankina was born in the city of Lugansk in Ukraine. She graduated with honors from the Special Music School in Kiev. During her study in Ukraine Kseniia became a winner of several piano and chamber music international competitions including Prokofiev International Competition for Young Pianists (Donetsk, Ukraine), III prize, Junior group; 9th International Competition for Young Pianists (Belgrade, Serbia ), honor diploma; The International Competition for Young Performers “XXI Century Art” (Kyiv- Vorzel, Ukraine), I prize in chamber and piano ensembles; II International Anatoly Zatin Piano Competition (Uzhgorod, Ukraine) II prize, Intermediate group; Kyiv State Chamber Ensemble Competition for Young Musicians in Memory of Yury Polyansky (Kyiv, Ukraine), I Prize, Piano Trio, Senior group; II Sergei Taneyev International Chamber Ensemble Competition (Kaluga, Russia), V prize in Piano Trio nominations and Special Prize from Gnessin Academy of Music; IV International Chamber Ensemble Competition "Traditions and Contemporary " named after M. Mazur (St. Petersburg, Russia), I prize in Piano Trio.

Kseniia also was awarded a scholarship from “New Names” charity culture fund (Moscow, Russia) . This world famous fund supports young gifted pre-college musicians. In 2008 Ms. Polstiankina moved to the USA to study at University of Alabama at Birmingham with renowned pianist and teacher Yakov Kasman. In addition, she participated in master-classes with Vadim Rudenko, Sergio Perticaroli, Jerome Lowenthal, Jose Feghali, Leon Fleisher, and Gabriela Montero.

During the last few years Kseniia has won a numerous state and regional competitions. She twice became a national finalist in MTNA Young Artist Competition and in 2011 placed 3rd in the national competition. As a winner of LaGrange Symphony Young Artist Competition she was a featured soloist with LaGrange Symphony in its 2009-2010 season, performing Piano Concerto No.1 by S. Rachmaninoff.

Ms. Polstiankina has a wide concerto repertoire including works by Beethoven, Grieg, Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and others. She regularly performs with orchestras under the baton of Ukrainian and foreign conductors such as Mitsunobo Takaya ( Japan), Patricio Cobos (USA), Jacques Cohen (Great Britain ).

For the past two years Kseniia has been working as a student assistant at UAB Department of Music accompanying UAB Choirs and UAB Opera.


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