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Hailed by critics as "a phenomenal rising star," "a female reincarnation of Liszt," and "a piano lioness," Anna Shelest (Polusmiak) is an international award-winning pianist who has thrilled audiences throughout the world with her sincere and compelling interpretations.
Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, Anna began her piano studies at the age of six. She attended the Kharkov Special Music School for Gifted Children, where she was a student of Gary Gelfgat and later of Sergei Polusmiak. 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.
In 1998, Anna's family moved to the United States, and she continued her studies with Sergei Polusmiak at Northern Kentucky University, where she was a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including the Corbett Scholarship, the Regents Award, and recognition as an Outstanding Senior in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Anna made her orchestral debut with the Kharkov Symphony Orchestra at the age of twelve, playing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1. Since then she has been a soloist with some of the world's most renowned orchestras-such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Academic Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. Other appearances include the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Lugansk Philharmonic, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Russian Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Sinfonia, and the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra.
As a recitalist, Anna has performed in Canada, France, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States. Her chamber music collaborations include performances with the Amernet String Quartet, the Cincinnati ARC Ensemble, and musicians from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Anna is a winner of over a dozen international piano competitions, including the Louisiana International Piano Competition (2005), the Third International Piano Competition for Young Musicians, Enschede, The Netherlands (2004) the Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings (2004), and the Ludmila Knezkova-Hussey International Piano Competition, Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada (2000).

The Louisiana International Piano Competition, LIPC, was founded in 2004 by a group in Alexandria, Louisiana, USA, for the purpose of offering selected young concert artists an opportunity to participate in a new venture; introducing audiences in the central part of Louisiana to the highest caliber performers of classical piano literature. Along with Artistic Director, Nikita Fitenko, I am pleased to introduce the Grand Prize winner of our inaugural festival, Anna Shelest (Polusmiak) from Ukraine. This initial LIPC event was held October 10-16, 2005, less than two months after hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged our state and our people. The spectacular efforts of our original 27 concert artists was testament to the kind of survival skills all performing artists must possess in order to be successful. The example of these young talented pianists, representing 19 countries served to invigorate our lives, reminding us of what is truly good in our ever-changing world.
Richard Gwartney,
Executive Director, LIPC.

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