Shelest Piano Duo
Praised for their “stirring performances of rare repertory” (Fanfare Magazine), the Shelest Piano Duo is a husband and wife team of Anna and Dmitri Shelest, who met as students in their native Ukraine. Having already established themselves as solo artists while receiving numerous prizes and awards along the way, their collaboration as a duo brings to the performance stage inventive programs not only of solo repertoire, but also four hand music. Their artistry has brought them to a broad array of venues that include everything from concert stages to state functions, the latter prompting United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to credit them with having “realized diplomacy through music.”
At their official Carnegie Hall debut in February of 2018 (presented by the Alexander & Buono Foundation), their CD release of Ukrainian Rhapsody brought renewed attention to the music of their homeland. Since then the CD has been featured as the Album of the Week on a number of radio stations nationwide, among them KUSC Los Angeles, and WCRB in Boston.
Hailed by The New York Times as a pianist of “a fiery sensibility and warm touch,” as well as a champion of rare and esoteric repertoire, ANNA SHELST is an international award-winning pianist who is currently collaborating with the legendary conductor Neeme Järvi on a project of recording the complete works for piano and orchestra by Anton Rubinstein. The first CD in the set featuring Rubinstein Concerto No. 4 and Caprice Russe recorded live at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater in New York City was released in 2018 to great critical acclaim, and praised by Gramophone Magazine for “…power and agility… effortless effect… nuanced and incisive all round.” The next release featuring Rubinstein Piano Concertos No. 3 & 5 with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra is set for release in early 2019.
DMITRI SHELEST started studying piano at the age of six in his native Ukraine, and soon enrolled in the Special Music School for Gifted Children, succeeding at his first contest when he was eleven. It was also piano that brought him across to the United States, having been offered a full scholarship to Northern Kentucky University as a Bachelor’s degree candidate in Piano Performance.
While at NKU, Mr. Shelest won top prizes at the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, National Music Teachers Association Piano Competition, Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition, World Piano Competition, and Iowa International Piano Competition, among others. After graduating in 2005, he pursued a post-baccalaureate degree in Entrepreneurship in the same school, receiving the second degree in 2008. Since then, he has been active as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.