January 16th, 2013

UNO Alumna and Steinway Artist to Perform on Campus

Kadisha OnalbayevaKadisha Onalbayeva

University of New Orleans alumna Kadisha Onalbayeva, who was recently named a Steinway Artist, will perform at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013 in the UNO Recital Hall at the Performing Arts Center. Her performance is part of the UNO Guest Artist and Alumni Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Steinway & Sons, makers of the world's finest pianos, announced yesterday that Onalbayeva has been named a Steinway Artist. She joins a distinguished roster of performers including Billy Joel, Diana Krall and Harry Connick Jr., and past musical greats such as Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. She is the first Steinway Artist from Kazakhstan and the first UNO graduate to earn the distinction.

Onalbayeva graduated from the UNO Department of Music with a master's degree in composition in 2005 and a master's in piano performance in 2006. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the University of Mobile.

Born in Kazakhstan, Onalbayeva began her musical training at the age of five. She attended the Jubanov Special School for talented children and the Kurmangazy National Conservatory of Music in Kazakhstan where she studied piano and composition, gave recitals, and was involved in both piano and composition festivals and competitions all over the world. Onalbayeva has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, composer and an orchestral soloist. During her career, she has given more than 60 solo concerts and participated in more than 200 concerts as an accompanist and chamber soloist.