Hailed by the critics as the “female reincarnation of Liszt” and a “piano lioness”, Anna Shelest is an international award-winning pianist who has thrilled the audiences throughout the world. Her recent engagements included debuts at Alice Tully Hall and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Shelest began her piano studies at the age of six. She attended the Kharkiv Special Music School for Gifted Children, where she was a student of Gary Gelfgat and later of Sergei Polusmiak, himself a student of Regina Horowitz, sister of Vladimir Horowitz.
At the age of eleven she performed at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris as the youngest prize winner of the Milosz Magin International Piano Competition, and at the age of twelve Shelest made her orchestral debut with the Kharkiv Symphony Orchestra, playing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1.
Since then she has been a soloist with some of the world’s most renown orchestras such as Montreal Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, under Maestro Paavo Jarvi, and Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. Other appearances include Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, Lugansk Philharmonic, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Russian Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Sinfonia and the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Ms. Shelest has performed on some of the world’s greatest stages such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. As an international recitalist, she has performed in Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa and the United States.
Shelest’s repertoire ranges from the Baroque to today’s contemporary composers. Streaming from her special affinity toward Russian piano repertoire, she released her first solo CD of Rachmaninoff Etudes- tableaux op. 39 and Moments Musicaux op. 16. (Classical Records. Moscow, 2007). She has also collaborated with Cristian Ganicenco, principal trombonist of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on the CD “Beyond Oblivion” featuring music for trombone and piano (2007).
With her sincere and compelling interpretations, Anna Shelest has won prizes and awards in numerous international piano competitions including: First Prize in Bradshaw-Buono International Piano Competition, New York, (2009), First Prize in the Louisiana International Piano Competition, (2005); First Prize in the Kawai American Recording Contest (2005); First Prize in the Jefferson Symphony Young Artists Competition (2005); Second Prize and a Special Symphony Orchestra Prize in the Third International Piano Competition for Young Musicians, Netherlands (2004); First Prize in the Corpus Christi International Competition (2004) and others.
Having received her Masters Degree at The Juilliard School in the class of Jerome Lowenthal, Shelest currently resides in New York City.
To learn more, please visit www.annashelest.com