Oksana Kolesnikova, Russian pianist
Oksana Kolesnikova is a Russian-American composer, concert pianist and entrepreneur, environmental activist through Cool Green. She is the owner of Oksana School of Music and Oksana’s School of Foreign Languages in Los Angeles, California.
Oksana was born in 1987, in Barnaul, Altai region, Siberia. At the age of five the girl began playing the piano.
In 1993, after the break-up of the Soviet Union, at the age of 15, she and her family immigrated to the United States. They settled in St. Petersburg, Florida, where Oksana entered the St. Petersburg College.
In 1999, Kolesnikova became a winner of Florida State Young Artists Symposium Competition. In August 2001 the girl graduated from the School of Music, Florida State University.
In 2003, Kolesnikova became the first Russian-American female pianist to travel overseas to entertain the U.S. Troops.
On January 18, 2006 she received the U.S. Citizenship.
“Being able to teach a variety of musical instruments through my School of Music makes me feel more complete as an artist and more accomplished as an individual,” Kolesnikova said.
The beautiful blonde has recorded eight CDs of original, classical and popular music.
She believes that sharing the gift of music is her primary mission in life. Not only is she passionate towards sharing her love of music, but also in saving our environment and using her status to help the cause. “The fact that I am a public figure,… my message can travel along with my music to thousands of people. I am honored to be spokesperson for Cool Green Fashion For Forests”.
In 2009, her public recognition increased dramatically when she was erroneously identified internationally in the media as the romantic partner of actor and director Mel Gibson.
Kolesnikova was denying that she’s the woman that came between Mel Gibson and his wife Robyn.She was one of three Oksanas: Oksana Kolesnikova, Oksana Pochepaand Oksana Grigorieva.
“Sorry to hear about Mel Gibson’s spanorce. Somehow Oksana is being linked to Mr. Gibson, but there are no emotional ties between the two that I am aware of,” said Kolesnikova.
The media frenzy that followed created serious publicity and privacy issues for Kolesnikova, who was married to her manager, Alessandro Concas, for nine years and was four months pregnant at the time of the news stories.
International media coverage of Kolesnikova includes television appearances on PBS with Scott Houston, “The Piano Guy,” on HSN (Home Shopping Network) as a performer and a business woman, and featured as “Woman of the Week”on CBS Los Angeles.