AS the nights draw darker and the air turns colder, it can mean only one thing – it’s the beginning of the Bute Arts Society season.
Their 2012/2013 programme is set to be one of the best they’ve ever had, with a whole host of talented – and nationally acclaimed – musicians set to take centre stage on Bute.
Kicking off this year’s programme is Oxana Shevchenko.
Oxana was born in Almaty, the capital of Kazakhstan, in 1987, and studied at the Special Music School at Kazakh State Conservatory from 1994–2002.
She made her debut with Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra at the age of nine, playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 and Polunin Variations for piano and orchestra.
At the same age she gave her first recital, playing Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons.
She has since given many solo and concerto performances worldwide, most notably concerts in Colombia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Panama, Portugal, Russia, Syria and Ukraine.
In 2002 she entered the college at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and in 2005 began to study at Moscow State Conservatory with professor Elena Kuznetsova and currently she is a post-graduate in the same class.
In 2010 Oxana won first prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition in Glasgow, UK, where she received a Bluethner grand piano as part of her prize.
Oxana performed in music festivals in Troizk (Russia, 2010), Almaty (Kazakhstan, 2000-2002), Panama-city (2008), Santa Fe de Bogota (Columbia, 2008), Moscow (2004-2009), Frankfurt-am-Main (Germany, 2008).
Oxana will be performing at Rothesay Pavilion on Friday, October 5 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 and can be purchased on the door.
Don’t miss out on the first of many wonderful performances this winter.