After falling in love with the piano at five years old, Oksana® began classical piano lessons when her family moved from Siberia to Kazakhstan Russia. Inspired and focused on developing her talent, she began winning music competitions only four years later. Blessed with parents who were educators who sought more opportunities for their children, Oksana® immigrated with her family to the U.S. after the Soviet Union dissolved. They settled in St. Petersburg Florida.
While enrolled in what is now St. Petersburg College, Oksana® won the Florida State Young Artists Symposium Competition as a junior. This honor secured her a scholarship to the School of Music at Florida State University, where she graduated with honors in 2001. Her entrepreneurial spirit and her skills in marketing and branding took root as she began booking piano performances to showcase her talent across Florida. She had a growing fan base and her gigs included charitable and business galas, private events, and a recurring booking on the Home Shopping Network (HSN).
She fell in love for a second time when she met her husband-to-be, Alex, at his birthday party in 1999. Oksana® ’s partnership with Alex, who had emigrated to the U.S. from Italy, launched a remarkably productive and creative new chapter. He became her manager and they developed strong national and international relationships.
In 2003, Kolesnikova became the first Russian-American female pianist to travel overseas to entertain the U.S. Troops. She made two world tours on behalf of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department of the U.S. Navy. She made a solo tour to entertain the U.S. Troops in September 2003, stopping in Italy, Spain and Greece. In February 2004, she went to Asia, including stops in Guam, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and Singapore with Navy MWR. She also was invited to perform for U.N. officials in New York City.
2006 was a pivotal year. She proudly received her U.S. citizenship and also performed in Italy at the Salento International Film Festival on opening night. Looking to locate into the center of the entertainment world, Oksana® moved with Alex to Beverly Hills. There, she landed the prestigious position of pianist at the legendary Polo Lounge in The Beverly Hills Hotel. Oksana® performed at every week from 2006 to 2013, entertaining an ongoing celebrity roster of who’s who in the world of entertainment and business. During that time, a growing demand began for her to perform at private parties and charitable galas, as well as teach piano lessons to adults and children in Los Angeles region. She especially loves working with children and met these new opportunities with ambition and grace, building an expansive and well-connected list of clients, while her fan base grew online. During her tenure at The Polo Lounge, she performed straight through her pregnancy, bringing her cherished son into their family in 2009.
Skillfully utilizing her business experience and relationships in Los Angeles, she sought to meet needs expressed by schools and parents and cultivate her brand. She established Oksana® School of Music, Oksana® School of Languages and Beverly Hills Homework Tutors. These were all under her Oksana® Management Group, Inc. (OMG) and became the foundation of her two, current comprehensive businesses. Oksana® School of Music was awarded the 2014 Best of Beverly Hills Award and earned her membership in the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. Her stellar reputation translated into the Oksana® School of Music becoming the main choice of celebrities who want to sign up for lessons, either for themselves or for their loved ones. To meet logistical issues, she began incorporating lessons through Skype when appropriate, enabling her to teach out of town and international students. Pursuing cross promotions, mutually-beneficial collaborations and endorsement arrangements, Oksana® studied the business practices of highly successful companies, and carefully began partnering. Her focus and theme, which underpin her business, have always been to work only with people and companies with whom she has a deep respect and a friendship.
Family-oriented, Oksana® and Alex decided to move to the Santa Clarita area in 2016 to create a comfortable home. This move enabled Oksana® to partner with local organizations to lead networking events, build her private lessons in music, languages and tutoring, and grow her establishment of after-school enrichment programs in the region. She further developed her roster of instructors and her relationships with schools and school districts to offer arts and scholastic lessons on site. Her first school collaboration, secured before her move, was with Beverly Hills.
By 2019, her refined business entities under OMG, Inc., Oksana® Enrichment Programs and After-School Enrichment Programs, encompassed dozens of instructors, hundreds of students, and relationships with 12 schools in Southern California. Maintaining her focus on quality and integrity, she chose to personally select her instructors. A second-generation educator, Oksana® sought to bring a range of programs to meet rising student and school needs. Her Oksana® ® Enrichment Programs offers private, one-on-one lessons in the areas of music, foreign languages, and academic tutoring in all subjects, K through 12, with potential for additional subjects. After-School Enrichment Programs encompass lessons for music instruments, voice/choir, art, acting/drama, martial arts and foreign languages, as well as tutoring and test prep.
Working for a year with a franchise specialist, Oksana® launched an official franchise opportunity for her scholastic and arts youth education platform in October of 2019, to expand her scalable and innovative programs both nationally and internationally
In addition to Oksana® ’s corporate endeavors, she provides charitable support to organizations, including Smile Train and environmental non-profits, and organizes networking events to help others with business development. She continues to teach a large roster of piano students, compose music and perform concerts for special events.
In early 2020, Oksana® is being presented with an Award of Excellence in Education at a pre-Grammy Awards party at the Los Angeles Chargers penthouse headquarters, where she will also perform two original compositions.
Oksana® has recorded eight CDs of original, classical and popular music and her own instructional video for students of piano. Her “Free Floating” CD won the “2010 Best Classical Album of the Year” on Solo Piano.com. She collaborated with other international musical artists for recordings, and her original compositions have been chosen by international artists to record on their own CDs. Her CD, “Best of Two Worlds,” evolved from a collaboration with notable fine artist Jim Warren. “Oksanabella,” her YouTube channel featuring her performances, has nearly 2.5 million upload views from all over the world.