Southeastern student wins state piano competition
Contact: Rene Abadie
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HAMMOND – A Southeastern Louisiana University piano performance major, Lillia Oliinyk, won the Louisiana state round of the 2011-12 Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Piano Competition on Saturday (Oct. 15).
Oliinyk, a senior from the Ukraine who studies under Southeastern Associate Professor of Piano Kenneth Boulton, was the unanimous choice of the judges in the competition held at LSU. The field included competitors from universities throughout the state. She will progress to the South Central Regional Round to be held at the University of Texas at Austin in January.
“Liliia exhibits all the qualities we hope for, but only rarely encounter in a student,” said Boulton. “Her talent as a pianist is exceeded only by her keen musical intelligence, independence and fierce motivation. I believe she has a very promising career ahead of her.”
A graduate of Kherson Music College in the Ukraine where she won numerous awards and honors prior to coming to Southeastern, Oliinyk was the grand prize winner of the 2009 DeBose National Piano Competition held in Baton Rouge. She placed second in the 2009 Rapides Young Artist Concerto Competition in Alexandria. At Southeastern she has performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra playing Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto.