Southeastern student takes second place in regional piano competition

Liliia Oliinyk

Contact: Rene Abadie


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     HAMMOND Southeastern Louisiana University piano performance major Liliia Oliinyk claimed second place in the Music Teachers National Association’s South Central Regional Young Artists competition held Sunday (Jan. 15) at the University of Texas in Austin.
     Oliinyk, a senior from the Ukraine who studies under Southeastern Associate Professor of Piano Kenneth Boulton, was Louisiana’s representative in the regional after winning the state competition last October at LSU. As the state’s representative, she competed against students from Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
     She will serve as an alternate representative to the national competition should the regional winner, Mikhail Berestnev of Texas Christian University, be unable to participate.
     In addition to winning the MTNA’s state competition, Oliinyk was the grand prize winner of the 2009 DeBose national Piano Competition held in Baton Rouge and placed second in the 2009 Rapides Young Artist Concerto Competition in Alexandria. She is a graduate of Kherson Music College in the Ukraine, where she won numerous awards and honors prior to coming to Southeastern.

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