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Anna Shelest


The distinguished career of Anna Shelest includes a performance at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris when she was only eleven years old, and her orchestral debut with the Kharkiv Symphony Orchestra the following year in a performance of Rachmaninoff's First Piano Concerto.  Hailed as the “female reincarnation of Liszt” and “a piano lioness,” she has performed throughout the world as both a soloist and chamber musician, including appearances with the Cincinnati, Montreal, and Netherlands Symphony Orchestras, as well as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Her recent performances include debuts at Alice Tully Hall and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

A native of Ukraine, Ms. Shelest began her piano studies at the Kharkiv Special Music School for Gifted Children and continued her studies in the United States at Northern Kentucky University and The Juilliard School. She has released multiple albums including Etudes-tableaux op. 39 and Moments Musicaux op. 16 by Rachmaninoff, Beyond Oblivion, and her newest release featuring Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition as well as works by Tchaikovsky and Glinka.

She has received top prizes and awards in numerous international piano competitions including: Louisiana International Piano Competition; Bradshaw-Buono International Piano Competition, New York; Jefferson Symphony Young Artists Competition, Denver, Colorado; International Piano Competition for Young Musicians, Enschede, The Netherlands; Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings; Washington International Piano Competition; and others.

Anna Shelest