Stezhko, Olga


BiographyCompetitor Program

Since making her debut as a concert pianist on the stage of the Minsk National Opera House at the age of eight, Olga Stezhko has been performing internationally as a recitalist and soloist at venues such as Wigmore Hall, The Southbank Centre in London, Minsk Philharmonic Hall, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria in Santander, Salle Cortot and Saint-Étienne Opera Theatre in France, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Ms. Stezhko started playing piano at the age of five and entered the Republican Music College of Minsk the following year. She studied there with Oleg Krimer and Evgeny Pukst, graduating with distinction in 2002. She then began studies at the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, where her teachers included Alberto Miodini and where she worked with the members of the legendary Trio di Trieste. In 2004, Olga began studies with Prof. Ian Fountain at the Royal Academy of Music in London, completing a Masters degree in Music with distinction and receiving both the Lloyd Hartley Prize and Walter MacFarran Prize for Postgraduate Pianists in 2010. During her time at the Royal Academy of Music, Olga Stezhko received the Myra Hess Award, the Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Award and the Tobias Matthay Fellowship.

Ms. Stezhko’s international piano competition prizes include the Grand Prix at the First Halina Czerny-Stefanska In Memoriam International Piano Competition in Poland, 1st Prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition in France, and 3rd Prize at the Prix Amadèo de Piano International Piano Competition in Germany.

Her musical interests range from core classical repertoire to contemporary composers, with a focus on works of the early 20th century. She also enjoys working on multimedia projects combining music, film, literature and lighting design within one thematic arc.

Olga Stezhko’s debut recital album featuring music by Scriabin and Busoni was released in May 2014.

Frédéric Chopin Ballade No. 2 in F Major, op. 38
Sergei Prokofiev Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, op. 29
  Allegro molto sostenuto
  Andante assai
  Allegro con brio, ma non leggiero
Alexander Scriabin Two Dances, op.73
  Flammes sombres
  Five Preludes, op. 74
Claude Debussy Images, Book I
  Reflets dans l’eau
  Hommage à Rameau
Franz Liszt Concert Etude No. 3 (Un sospiro)
Alexander Scriabin Vers la flamme, op.72
Ferruccio Busoni Berceuse
Claude Debussy Images, Book II
  Cloches à travers les feuilles
  Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
  Poissons d’or
Johannes Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, op. 118
Ferruccio Busoni Toccata (1920)
Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 73