Professor - consultant at Baku Academy of Music
Founder and professor at OYPI in Italy
Oxana Yablonskaya was born in Moscow. From ages six through
sixteen, she attended The Moscow Central School for the Gifted under the tutelage of
Anaida Sumbatyan (who also taught Vladimir Ashkenazy). Later she studied with Aleksandre
Goldenweiser. Finally, at the age of 22, she began a professional relationship with
Tatiana Nikolayeva, later acting as her assistant at the Moscow Conservatory. Following
graduation she was introduced to the Western World by way of the Jaques Long-Thibaud
Competition in 1963, the Rio de Janeiro Competition in 1965, and the Vienna Beethoven
Competition in 1969. She won top prizes in all three competitions, and received scores of
invitations for return engagements, but was not allowed to do so.
Despite the reputation she had earned within the Soviet Union and
despite being a prize winner of three international competitions, she was never permitted
to play outside the Eastern Bloc. Yet, she recorded for the Melodya label and held the
prestigious title of Soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic along with artists such as
Richter, Gilels and Rostropovich. Outstanding solo performances with the Bolshoi
Orchestra, the Moscow Stars series, and the Shostakovich 65th Birthday Celebration Concert
were confirmation of her Star status.
In 1975, desperate over constant restraints on her personal and artistic
freedom, she applied for a visa to emigrate, lost her position as a Professor at the
Moscow Conservatory, and was deprived of all concert engagements. She waited more than two
years for a visa and finally, thanks to a petition signed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen
Sondheim, she was allowed to leave with her father and young son.
Arriving in New York in 1977, unknown, unheralded, and not having
touched a piano in more than two years, Miss Yablonskaya made her first New York
appearance in recital at Alice Tully Hall only four months later, receiving all-out
acclaim from the press. Her Carnegie Hall debut recital the following October was filled
to the rafters, and she has since taken her place among the major pianists of the
Once considered the best kept secret of the Soviet Union, Oxana
Yablonskaya has now performed in more than forty countries with many of the finest
symphony orchestras and conductors.
In 1990, after a 13 year absence, Miss Yablonskaya returned to Russia
for a sold-out concert, master classes and recitals at the Moscow Conservatory. Since then
she has returned on a regular basis and is once more recognized as an elite piano virtuoso
within Soviet Russia.
Oxana Yablonskaya solo recordings have been awarded the Grand Prix du
Disque from the International Liszt Society, and have been featured by The Book Of The
Month Club. Her recent recordings include critically acclaimed versions of works by
Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. She frequently collaborates in performance and on
recordings with her son, renowned cellist/conductor, Dmitry Yablonsky.
Miss Yablonskaya has held a faculty position at The Juilliard School for
many years. She also travels widely giving master classes at the most distinguished
conservatories throughout the world, and serves on the juries of numerous international
From 2005 Oxana has become Vice-President and Music Director of Chopin
Society of New York. She is Artistic Director of Duxbury Music Festival in
Massachusets. She is also Artistic Advisor of Yamaha Master Classes in New
York. In 2006 Oxana Yablonskaya has received Honorary Academician title of
the International Academy of the Arts at the United Nations, International
Academy of the Arts in San Francisco and Independent Academy of Liberal Arts
in Moscow. Oxana will serve as the President of the Jury at the
International Lev Vlasenko Piano Competition in Brisbane, Australia in
August of 2007 and as a member of the Jury at the Beethoven Piano Competiton
in Bonn in December of 2007. She will also serve as the member of the jury
at the Liszt International Piano Competition in Utrecht, Holland in 2008.
In October 2008, Oxana Yablonskaya Piano Institute(OYPI) was opened in Castelnuove di Garfagnana
in Tuscany, Spain.
On December 12, she has played in Carnegie Zankel Hall Jubilee 70th.
Birthday Celebration Concert where she performed three piano Concerti in one
evening- Shostakovich#1, Chopin#2 and Beethoven #4.
Starting in October 2009, OYPI will start collaborative program with Luka Conservatory to provide students with degrees of BA and MA.