Olga Kleiankina’s talents both as a pianist and composer were marked at an early age. Born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, she began her musical studies at the age of six. She was performing her own works in public at age nine, and at age ten she won the Republic of Moldova’s National composition contest. From those early successes Ms. Kleiankina received degrees from St. Neaga College of Music in Kishinau, Moldova and from the Academy of Music Gh. Dima in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, followed by a Masters from Bowling Green State University where she studied with Maxim Mogilevsky. In 2008 Ms Kleiankina received her Doctorate in Piano Performance from University of Michigan. She has won many awards and prizes for her performances, compositions and arrangements, including the Bradshaw & Buono Piano Competition, and a First Prize in the XIth Pro Piano International Competition in Bucharest, Romania. She has presented numerous solo and chamber music recitals in Moldova, Romania, Hungary, France, Greece and the United States. Her playing is praised as “brilliant, clear, logical, sophisticated and pure.” Ms Kleiankina is Professor of Piano at North Carolina State University.
About the Chopin Project, Ms. Kleiankina says, I came to love all my pieces, and I felt the audience did too. Even though they were miniatures, I felt that each one was perfectly organized from the very inside – in a way, a microcosmos . . . part of the transcendental world of Chopin’s imagination.”