Pianist Oksana Ezhokina appears frequently as guest recitalist and chamber musician on concert series across the United States and abroad. She has performed with the Seattle Symphony, St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Symphony Tacoma, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, and played in venues such as the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Davies Orchestra Hall in San Francisco, and Klassik Keyifler Festival in Turkey. A dedicated performer of new music, she has premiered works by Marilyn Shrude, Wayne Horvitz, Bern Herbolsheimer, and Laura Kaminsky, among others. She has been featured on multiple live radio broadcasts on such stations as WFMT-Chicago, KUOW and KING FM in Seattle, Maine Public Radio, and NPR’s Performance Today.
Oksana has performed with the Seattle Chamber Players, Avalon String Quartet, violinists Ian Swensen, Paul Kantor and Andrew Jennings, and cellists Johannes Moser and Meta Weiss, among others. Two of her long-term collaborations are with pianist Christina Dahl and Volta Piano Trio, whose recordings for the Con Brio label received accolades in multiple international music magazines, such as The Strad, Gramophone and American Record Guide. The Strad called Volta’s recording of Schubert and Ravel piano trios “…elegant and sprightly… true to the essence of the music,” while Gramophone noted its “exquisite sheen and vibrancy.”
Oksana holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Christina Dahl. Her other teachers include Leonard Richer and Donald Walker. A sought-after teacher, Oksana is Chair of Piano Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University, where she teaches piano and academic courses in Piano Literature and Piano Pedagogy. She also teaches a small number of pre-college students, who are regularly recognized in competitions around Washington state. Oksana has given piano and chamber music masterclasses in colleges and universities across the US and is in demand as an adjudicator for the Washington State Music Teachers Association. A passionate music education advocate, she has been associated with the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, a vibrant non-profit arts organization in North-Central Washington, for nearly fifteen years serving as Artistic Director of several flagship classical music programs including the International Chamber Music Festival/Institute, Winter Piano Festival and Young Pianists Camp.