Faculty Artist Recital: Natasha Kislenko, Piano

Event Date: 

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Karl Geiringer Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

General ($10)
Non-UCSB students with ID ($5)
UCSB students with ID (FREE)*
Children under 12 (FREE)*
UCSB AS Ticket Office: 
(805) 893-2064
UCEN Room 1535 (across from Corwin Pavilion)
*Youth and UCSB student tickets may be reserved in advance by contacting the ticket office


Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Natasha Kislenko
Natasha Kislenko, Continuing Lecturer of Keyboard at UC Santa Barbara, will present a solo piano recital on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:30 pm in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UC Santa Barbara campus. The program will include solo piano works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frédéric Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Alfred Schnittke, plus a duo-piano work by Witold Lutosławski, featuring UC Santa Barbara Teaching Professor Sarah Gibson. 


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Six Variations in F Major on "Salve tu, Domine" by G. Paisiello, K.398
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Souvenir de Paganini
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op. 42
Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)
Variations on One Chord (1966)
Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994)
Variations on the GH theme by Paganini, for two pianos (with Dr. Sarah Gibson, UCSB Faculty)

About the Artists

Natasha Kislenko, Piano

Pianist Natasha Kislenko, hailed for her “vividly expressive” interpretations and “virtuosity that left the audience exhilarated,“ (Santa Barbara Independent) offers unique concert programs and presentations to the worldwide community of music listeners. A prizewinner of several international piano competitions, she has extensively concertized in Russia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Turkey, and across the Americas.
Ms. Kislenko made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut after taking the Grand Prize at the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition in 1996. Recent solo engagements include the Eskişehir Greater Municipality Symphony Orchestra, Turkey and the Varna Chamber Orchestra, Bulgaria. A resident pianist of the Santa Barbara Symphony since 2010, she has been a featured soloist for the Shostakovich, Grieg, Clara Schumann, de Falla, and Mozart piano concerti, to great critical acclaim. In 2013, Ms. Kislenko was invited as a special guest to present the new Steinway D piano at the Teatro Municipal Ignacio A. Pane in Asunción, Paraguay, performing with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso Nacional.
Ms. Kislenko has shared the stage with many distinguished musicians including Alban Gerhardt, James Buswell, Richie Hawley, Joshua Roman, and the Takács Quartet, to name only a few. She, along with the violinist Chavdar Parashkevov, released two CDs for violin and piano, “Russian Sonatas” and “Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler.” The Strad magazine praised her “limpid and beautiful pianism.”
Born in Moscow, Natasha holds degrees in piano from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, NY. Her main teachers include Anatoly Vedernikov, Gilbert Kalish, and Joaquín Achúcarro.
In addition to a successful performing career, Dr. Kislenko has been a dedicated educator and mentor to the younger generations of aspiring musicians. A collaborative faculty member at the Music Academy of the West, CA since 2004, Natasha joined the faculty at University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007 after serving at California State University, Fresno for five years. She has recently appeared with performances and masterclasses at University of Maryland College Park, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Houston Moores School of Music (TX), Morgan State University (MD), Tulane University (LA), Fort Hays State University (KS), Ankara University (Turkey), Scuola Musicale di Sesto Fiorentino (Italy), and Würzburg Musikhochschule (Germany) in addition to numerous adjudications for MTNA and MTAC.

Sarah Gibson, Piano

Sarah Gibson is a Los Angeles-based composer and pianist. Previously the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Sound Investment Composer, she has received commissions and performances from Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and Chamber Music America, among others. Sarah is co-founder of the new music piano duo, HOCKET, which has been lauded as "brilliant" by the LA Times' Mark Swed. HOCKET has held residences at Avaloch Farm Music Institute and received grants from the Earle Brown Music Foundation and the Presser Foundation. HOCKET has performed at such festivals as the MATA Festival, the L.A. Philharmonic's Noon to Midnight, Other Minds Festival, and with the Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab.
Sarah holds degrees in Piano and Composition from Indiana University and the University of Southern California. She is Associate Artistic Director of the HEAR NOW Music Festival of Los Angeles Composers and Lead-Teaching Artist for the esteemed Nancy and Barry Sanders Los Angeles Philharmonic Composer Fellowship Program alongside Artistic Director, Andrew Norman. This year, Sarah will have premieres with Departure Duo, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's In Focus chamber series, Tuesdays @ MONKSpace, and more. Sarah was delighted to join the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara as a Lecturer in Composition at the College of Creative Studies and in the Music Department in Fall 2019.
Natasha Kislenko