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Estela Kersenbaum Olevsky has established a multi-faceted career as a recitalist, collaborative pianist and teacher.

As a solo pianist she has appeared with many international symphony orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra and the Bach Festival Orchestra under the direction of Karl Richter in Buenos Aires, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Panama, the Janacek Philharmonic and the Bratislava Radio Orchestra in Czechoslovakia, the Gavle Symphonie in Sweden and the Schumann Philharmonie in Germany. She has presented piano recitals in musical centers such as the Vienna's Konzertverein, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Edinburgh University, New York's Weill Hall, Merkin Hall and Boston's Jordan Hall amongst others.

An avid chamber music player, Ms. Olevsky has collaborated with distinguished instrumental and vocal soloists as well as with chamber groups such as the Berlin Philharmonic Festival Soloists, the Olewsky Trio and the Lark Quartet.

In a slightly different kind of partnership, she has appeared with jazz pianist Billy Taylor in a warmly praised duo program entitled, "It's All Music" as part of the Kennedy Center Educational Series in Washington, D.C. This program was also broadcast live via satellite to schools across the country.

Her recordings include Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major (Opus Records), Richard Strauss' Burleske for Piano and Orchestra (Stradivari Classics), the Complete Mozart Works for Violin and Piano with Julian Olevsky (Doremi), the Complete Brahms Piano Trios, Tschaikowsky and Arensky Piano Trios (Amatius) and "Chopin in Majorca" (Amatius). Her CD "Piano Solos of Latin America" (Centaur Records) received the following praise from the American Record Guide: "The close identification with the music shines in the glowing pianism she has lavished on every note in this superb recital."

She is Professor Emeritus of Piano at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where she chaired the Piano Department for over two decades. Ms. Olevsky has been a guest teacher at the Hartt College of Music, Mount Holyoke College and held residencies and master classes at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) the National Conservatory of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and the Beijing and Shanghai Conservatories (China). She often adjudicates in national and international piano competitions.

Born in Argentina of Austrian and Italian parents, Estela Kersenbaum Olevsky made her piano debut at the age of eight in Buenos Aires. She received the "Diploma Artistico" from the National Music Conservatory and a conducting diploma from the Teatro Colon Institute in Buenos Aires. Her music teachers in Argentina were Maria Angelica Roldan, Eugenio Bures and the distinguished composer Alberto Ginastera. Her music coaches in the USA and Europe have included Richard Goode, Wolfgang Rose and Bruno Seidlhofer.

Appointed 1968

Estela Olevsky
Dance Department