Olga Stezhko is an award-winning concert pianist, recording artist and leading interpreter of early and mid-20th century piano repertoire. She has performed at premier venues from the Barbican Hall to Salle Cortot to the Carnegie Hall, both as a soloist and in recital. Recent highlights include performances in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall, the National Gallery, Palermo Classica Festival, Leeds International Concert Season and the ‘Belarusians of the World' Arts Festival in Minsk, where Olga was awarded a special recognition by the Ministry of Culture.
? Born in Minsk, Belarus, Olga Stezhko is based in London. She completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music under Ian Fountain after winning some of the UK most prestigious scholarships, including the Myra Hess Scholarship and the Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Award. Prior to coming to London, Olga graduated from the Republican Music College in Minsk and subsequently was awarded one of only a handful of scholarships to study at the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy. As an avid chamber musician, Olga has performed at festivals around Europe within various groups including the renowned cellist Ivan Monighetti and the late Peter Cropper of the Lindsay String Quartet. Olga's successes on the international competition circuit include the Grand Prix at the First ‘Halina Czerny-Stefanska In Memoriam' International Piano Competition in Poland, First Prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition in France and Third Prize at the Prix Amadèo de Piano International Piano Competition in Germany.
Olga Stezhko's specialism is early and mid-20th century repertoire and she is particularly distinguished in Scriabin and Debussy. Olga's debut album ‘Eta Carinae' where she combined her passion for astronomy with music by Scriabin and Busoni, was hailed by Bryce Morrison of the Gramophone Magazine as "an outstanding debut". Her next, eagerly anticipated all-Debussy album will be released worldwide in 2018 to mark the centenary of the composer's death. She is very grateful to Massimo Prelz Oltramonti, Rory and Noelle Colfer, Tim and Daška Hatton, Help Musicians UK (formerly Musicians Benevolent Fund), Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the Kirckman Concert Society, the Tillett Trust, the Solti Foundation, the Park Lane Group and the Royal Academy of Music for their generous support.