Student Awards & Recognition


Outstanding Junior Award from the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs of 2017 has been granted for two students of my Studio.
Nicholas Oita, 14, in the age group of 14-18 and Polina Kornyushenko, 12, in the age group of 9 -13. There were four Awards granted in this year and it is a great honor for me as a teacher to attain two of them given to my students.  Nicholas Oita is posing for the photo with Ms Sally Christman, OFMC Junior Counselor at the Award Ceremony in Westerville, Ohio October 7 2017:

– National Singing Star Competition Cleveland September 09 – October 02 2017:  Grand Finale; Nicholas Oita awarded: Special Award and Studio Recording Session.

– One World Day in Cleveland Cultural Gardens, awards and recognition from The Fund for Talented Youth of Russian Cultural Garden for Caprice Trifiro, Nicholas Oita and Polina Kornyushenko;

– Feurich 2nd International Piano, Voice and Chamber Music Competition in Vienna , Austria :  Nicholas Oita   1st place and Cash Award, performance in the Gala Concert in Billroth House, Vienna,  in the group 10-14 y.o.; Polina Kornyushenko 2nd place in the group 10-14 y.o. , the  invitation to Stage4Kids Festival In Hamburg, Germany  and performance in the Gala Concert in Billroth House, Vienna;  Caprice Trifiro 2nd place in the group 15-17 y.o. and  performance in the Gala Concert in Billroth House, Vienna, Austria. July 3-4 2017.

-“Melos ” Rome International Polina Kornyushenko 1st place,  Nicholas Oita 1st place, got the right to perform in The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome in March 2018;

– “Melos” Madrid Int. Polina Kornyushenko 2nd place

In front of Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

The Royal Albert Hall, before concert

– Grand Prize Virtuoso Int. Competition “London” . Polina Kornyushenko, 11, – Absolute Winner 100/100, Nicholas Oita, 13,  – 1st Place and Exceptional Young Talent. Both were granted to perform in The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK April 12 2017

– Ohio Federation of Music Club – Caprice Trifiro and Polina Kornyushenko got 15 points Golden  in the Festival  of Cleveland District A March 17 2017;


American Protege Vocal Competition 2016, Polina Kornyushenko, 11 y.o.: 1st place, the Jury Favorite in Classical repertoire: Rossini Tarantella Napolitana; 1st place in Opera Aria repertoire: Mozart Aria di Cherubino Non So Piu.

Nicholas Oita, 13 y.o.: 1st place in Classical Repertoire: Durante Danza, Danza, Fanciula Gentile

Caprice Trifiro, 16 y.o.: 1st place in Opera Aria repertoire: Mozart  Cavatina di Barbarina L’o Perdutta

World Piano Competition, Cincinnati, Ohio 2009, 2010, 2013

  • Gold Medal: Level 1, Level 5
  • Bronze Medal: Level 3
  • Honorable Mention: Level 1, 2, 3

A-Muse-the-World International Piano Competition, Boston, Mass. 2010

  • 2nd & 3rd Place
  • Special Awards for Best Interpretation & Best Baroque

OFMC Awards Marilyn Walters Competition, Columbus, Ohio 2013

  • 3rd Place & Cash Award

Fortnightly Club  Piano Competition, Cleveland, Ohio 2012

  • Honorable Mention, 6th grade

Carmel Debut International Piano Competition, Carmel, Indiana

  • Final,  Honorable Mention & Cash Prize