Pianist returns to RCMS

Pianist returns to RCMSThe Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society will host a return performance by piano soloist Natasha Kislenko Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church.

The program will include music by Mozart, “Piano Variations on the theme Salve tu Domine” by Paisiello, KV398; Chopin, “Souvenir de Paganini; Rachmanioff, Variations on a theme of Corelli, Opus 42; and Tchaikovsky, “The Seasons, Opus 37A.”

The Santa Barbara Independent hailed Kislenko for her “vividly expressive” interpretations and “virtuosity that left the audience exhilarated.”

Kislenko offers unique concert programs and presentations to the worldwide community of music listeners. A prizewinner in several international piano competitions, she has extensively concertized in Russia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Turkey and across the Americas.

Kislenko made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut after taking the Grand Prize at the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition in 1996.

A resident pianist of the Santa Barbara Symphony since 2010, she has been a featured soloist for the Shostakovich, Grieg, Clara Schumann, de Falla, and Mozart piano concerti, to great critical acclaim.

She holds degrees in piano from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, N.Y. Her main teachers include Anatoly Vedernikov, Gilbert Kalish and Joaquín Achúcarro.

In addition to a successful performing career, Kislenko has been a dedicated educator and mentor to younger generations of aspiring musicians.

Tickets ($30 general, $25 senior, and $5 students and active duty military) are available at Red Rock Books, the Maturango Museum and the door.

For more information, see the Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society website, www.rcchambermusic.org, or call Karen Haden, 760-371-5936.

Pictured: Pianist Natasha Kislenko

Story First Published: 2019-11-22