January 29th & 30th, 2024
Having already established themselves as solo artists and receiving numerous awards, the Shelest Piano Duo presents inventive programs on the performance stage, featuring not only solo repertoire but also four-hand music. Anna and Dmitri Shelest, a husband and wife team, earned First Prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2011, returning annually since.
In addition to their familial success, critics highlight that both artists are part of the distinguished piano tradition stemming from their upbringing in Ukraine and their education at the renowned Kharkiv Special Music School. They later pursued their studies in the United States.
Described by The New York Times as a pianist of “a fiery sensibility and warm touch”, Anna Shelest began her career with a performance at UNESCO headquarters in Paris when she was only eleven years old, and an orchestral debut with Kharkiv Symphony Orchestra the following year in a performance of the Rachmaninoff First Piano Concerto. Since then, 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 debuts included performances at Alice Tully Hall and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Konzerthaus in Vienna, as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Her discography includes recordings of works by Rachmaninoff, a CD with Cristian Ganicenco, principal trombonist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and a new release entitled “Spirit and Romance”.
Dmitri Shelest started studying piano at the age of six in his native Ukraine, and soon enrolled in the Special Music School for Gifted Children, succeeding at his first contest when he was 11. It was also piano that brought him to the United States, having been offered a full scholarship to Northern Kentucky University as a Bachelor’s degree candidate in Piano Performance.
While at NKU, Mr. Shelest won top prizes at the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Piano Competition, the Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition, the World Piano Competition, and the Iowa International Piano Competition, among others. After graduating in 2005, he pursued a post-baccalaureate degree in Entrepreneurship in the same school, receiving the second degree in 2008. Since then, he has been active as a soloist, chamber musician, and a teacher.