Oxana Mikhailoff is a concert pianist who also maintains an active teaching schedule in Westchester County near New York City. Recognized by Martha Argerich as an extraordinary talent, Ms. Mikhailoff has developed a vast repertoire extending from Baroque to modern day composers including solo works, chamber music and 29 piano concertos. This Russian-born American pianist was honored with the Second Prize at the Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in August 2003, her eleventh international competition prize. She performed in the Martha Argerich festival in the world famous Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires and throughout Argentina with Ms. Argerich.
Ms. Mikhailoff graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 2003 with a Master of Music degree, receiving the prestigious Harold Bauer Award, an honor bestowed upon the most promising talent of that institution. Ms. Mikhailoff also holds a B.A. from the Moscow Conservatory of Music.
Born in Vladimir, Russia into a family of professional musicians, Ms. Mikhailoff began studying piano with her mother at the age of five. By the age of eight, Ms. Mikhailoff had already won an international Young Artists Competition in Czechoslovakia, despite her being the competition's youngest participant in the 8 to 16 year age category. That same year, Ms. Mikhailoff was selected to attend the Central Music School for Gifted Children in Moscow where she studied for ten years with Anaida Sumbatian (teacher of Vladimir Ashkenazy and Oxana Yablonskaya) and Vera Gornostaeva. Ms. Mikhailoff subsequently studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Professor Vladimir Krainyev and at the Manhattan School of Music with Professor Philip Kawin. She also studied with Maestro Vladimir Feltsman.
Ms. Mikhailoff pursued an active performing career throughout Russia and Europe as a recitalist, concert soloist and chamber musician. Her United States debut took place at Carnegie Hall in 1999. She later returned there to play an all Chopin recital on the 150th anniversary of the composer's death. More recently, Ms. Mikhailoff performed Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto in Teatro Colon. She has also performed in three seasons with the Greenwich Symphony under Maestro David Gilbert; in each instance she received the highest critical acclaim. Ms. Mikhailoff also played Chopin's e minor concerto under Maestro Vladimir Feltsman.
Also included among Ms. Mikhailoff's impressive list of accomplishments are prizes at the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, the Missouri International Piano Competition and the Yakov Flier International Piano Competition. Ms. Mikhailoff was also awarded prizes in the First International Rachmaninoff Competition in Moscow, the ARD Munich Competition in Germany and the International Prokofiev Competition in Russia. Ms. Mikhailoff was also awarded the honor to participate in the 2001 Van Cliburn competition.