Announcing the
Oxana Yablonskaya Piano Institute Los Angeles

The Oxana Yablonskaya Piano Institute Los Angeles (OYPILA) is in residence at the Westside Music Conservatory in beautiful Santa Monica, California. Santa Monica is a beachfront resort town in Southern California and is home to both the Silicon Beach tech industry and exclusive boutique shopping on Montana Avenue, the 3rd Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place, and Main Street. Santa Monica averages over 340 days of sunshine annually, with mild temperatures year round. (See chart below.)


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OYPILA
Advanced Sessions

Advanced Session 1
October 13 – October 20, 2019
Sunday (eve) – Sunday (eve)

Advanced Session 2
January 26 – February 2, 2020
Sunday (eve) – Sunday (eve)

Advanced Session 3
April 19 – April 26, 2020
Sunday (eve) – Sunday (eve)


  • All participating OYPILA Advanced Session students will receive:
    • Opening Night Mini-Recital & Welcome Reception with Oxana Yablonskaya
    • 3 Private Lessons (minimum of 1 hour each) with Oxana Yablonskaya
    • Access to Practice Rooms at the Westside Music Conservatory
    • Access to observe all other participant’s Private Lessons with Oxana Yablonskaya
    • 2 Master Classes & Receptions with Oxana Yablonskaya (Wednesday & 2nd Sunday)
    • Optional group special events and excursions (Santa Monica Beach, Pier, and 3rd Street Promenade; Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles Philharmonic); UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, USC Thornton School of Music)
  • Full-Session Tuition: $1,250
  • (does not include room & board • does not include admission tickets to optional events and excursions)
  • Half-Session Tuition: $625
    Same as above, except:
    • 1.5 Private Lessons (total 1.5 hours) with Oxana Yablonskaya
    • 1 Master Class & Reception with Oxana Yabolonskaya
    • (does not include room & board • does not include admission tickets to optional events and excursions)

OYPILA
Private Lessons
& Master Classes
À La Carte Menu

Available during each OYPILA Advanced Session and during the OYPILA Concerto Festival if space permits.

  • Private Lessons
    1-hour lesson: $300
  • Master Classes & Receptions
    45-minute time slot: $225

OYPILA
Opening Night Recital Tickets
& Master Class Auditor Fees

Available during each OYPILA Advanced Session and during the OYPILA Concerto Festival.

  • Oxana Yablonskaya
    Opening Night Mini-Recital Tickets

    each Advanced Session (October, January, April) and Concerto Festival (June)
    • $20
    • $10 college students
    • $0 middle/high school students
  • OYPILA Master Class Auditor Fees
    each Advanced Session (October, January, April) and Concerto Festival (June)
    • $20
      $10 college students
      $0 middle/high school students

OYPILA
Concerto Festival

June 5 – June 14, 2020
Friday (eve) – Sunday (eve)


  • Students who participate in three OYPILA Advanced Full Sessions will be automatically accepted to the OYPILA Concerto Festival with no application fee.
  • Students who participate in two OYPILA Advanced Full Sessions will be automatically accepted to the OYPILA Concerto Festival with a $100 application fee.
  • If space permits, students who participate in one OYPILA Advanced Full Session will be automatically admitted to the OYPILA Concerto Festival with a $200 application fee.
  • If space permits, students who participate in three OYPILA Advanced Half Sessions will be automatically accepted to the OYPILA Concerto Festival with $150 application fee.
  • If space permits, students who participate in two OYPILA Advanced Half Sessions will be automatically accepted to the OYPILA Concerto Festival with a $200 application fee.
  • If space permits, all other OYPILA students (one Advanced Half Session or À La Carte Private Lessons/Master Classes) may participate in the OYPILA Concerto Festival with a $250 application fee.
  • All admitted students will perform a movement of a concerto with orchestra in a gala concert at a prestigious venue in Los Angeles.
  • All admitted students will receive:
    • Opening Night Mini-Recital & Welcome Reception with Oxana Yablonskaya
    • 3 Private Lessons (minimum of 1 hour each) with Oxana Yablonskaya
    • Access to Practice Rooms at the Westside Music Conservatory
    • Access to observe all other participant’s Private Lessons with Oxana Yablonskaya
    • 2 Master Classes & Receptions with Oxana Yablonskaya (Monday & Wednesday)
    • 2 Rehearsals with Orchestra, coached by Oxana Yablonskaya (Friday & 2nd Sunday)
    • 1 Gala Concerto Performance with Orchestra (Sunday, June 14, 2020)
    • Optional group special events and excursions (Santa Monica Beach, Pier, and 3rd Street Promenade; Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles Philharmonic); UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, USC Thornton School of Music)
  • Tuition: $2,000
    (does not include room & board • does not include admission tickets to optional events and excursions)

Carnegie Hall • December 11, 2008

Oxana Yablonskaya Biography

Oxana Yablonskaya was born in Moscow. As an adolescent she attended The Moscow Central School for Gifted Children. She later studied at the Moscow Conservatory with the legendary Aleksandre Goldenweiser. At 22, she began a professional relationship with Tatiana Nikolayeva in the Doctorate Program, later acting as her assistant at the Conservatory. 

Following graduation with high honors, she was introduced to the Western World in Paris at the Jacques Long-Thibaud Competition in 1963, the Rio de Janeiro Competition in 1965, and the Vienna Beethoven Competition in 1969. She won top prizes in all three competitions, and received numerous invitations for return engagements; because of the Cold War, she was not allowed to do so.

While still in the USSR, Dr. Yablonskaya performed Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Moscow Philharmonic under conductor Yury Simonov at the Composers Jubilee Concert in the Kremlin. She was the first performer to play Rodion Shchedrin’s “Basso Ostinato,” which became one of her signature pieces. Her status as a consummate professional was heightened by many prominent Soviet and foreign composers dedicating their music to her.

In 1977 she was allowed to leave the country with her father and young son due to the diligence and petitioning by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers, Katherine Hepburn, Bar Ilan, and over 45 famous writers, musicians, senators, and actors.

Dr. Yablonskaya made her first New York appearance in a recital at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center only four months later, and received laudatory acclaim from the press. Her Carnegie Hall debut recital the following October was attended by a capacity crowd.  She has since taken her place among the major pianists of the world.

Following her triumph at her London recital debut in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1982, the Daily Telegraph wrote: “Yablonskaya is the sort of pianist who accomplishes with ease and naturalness what others struggle for a lifetime to achieve.” In 1986, following her Canadian performance with the National Symphony under conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, a music critic of the Toronto Star wrote, “She played Rachmaninoff’s 3rd as if it was written for her.”

In recent years, Dr. Yablonskaya has collaborated with her son, renowned cellist/conductor and 2007 Grammy Award-Nominee Dmitry Yablonsky. Their concerts have enjoyed vast public and critical acclaim. The New York Times called their Carnegie Hall debut, “A vibrant dialog.” Their recordings together include duo performances for cello and piano as well as Khachaturian and Glazunov piano concertos recorded with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofieff, Brahms, Liszt 1st Concertos and Chopin 1st and 2nd Concertos with Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.

In addition to her success as a concert pianist and recording artist, Dr. Yablonskaya has held the position of Professor of Piano at The Julliard School in New York City. She has lectured numerous master classes at many distinguished music schools, academies, conservatories and festivals throughout the world such as Newport and Bowdin in USA, Flaine and Tours in France, Lago Maggiore in Switzerland, Oxford Philomusica in England, and Gabala International Music Festival in Azerbaijan. Dr. Yablonskaya is a Co-Founder of Puigcerdà Musica Clasica International Festival in Spain since 1998.


Oxana Yablonskaya Reviews

“…Yablonskaya’s musicality never gives way to merely exploiting the music for its own glory.  If tastefulness and stylistic insight mean anything to you, you will thoroughly enjoy listening to Oxana Yablonskaya”

“An orchestra is superfluous for ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ when there is a pianist of Yablonskaya’s powers to paint them in such indelible colors.   A thoroughly excited audience lingered for four encores.”

Los Angeles Times

“…Yablonskaya is a mixture of passion, power and poetry, and in the course of one concert, put herself, her piano and the audience through everything that could be expected of a piano recital.”

Toronto Star

“…An imposing figure at the piano, Yablonskaya goes for the large gesture rather than for subtle detail, and thus we had heard hard driving, percussive performances, which developed an enormous amount of visceral excitement and left no doubt that Yablonskaya is in complete command of the total resources of the keyboard.”

Monterey County Symphony

“…A large audience welcomed her back to Chicago, and her program revealed a technique as impressive as ever, as well as a temperament equally at home in the simple elegance of a Mozart rondo and the thundering chords of a Scriabin etude.  Being perfectly able to manipulate the keyboard however she wants, Yablonskaya knows when to take risks and when to pull back and let the music speak for itself. 

In the two major pieces, the Beethoven Sonata in D Minor, Op.31, both dramatic, emotional works – Yablonskaya’s bold originality surfaced.  She took full liberty with the experiments in contrasting rhythm and dynamics in the first movement of the Beethoven.  She lingered over the slow introductory bars whenever they returned, letting each rising tone build and echo before plunging into the short, answering flurry of notes.
In the famous Marche Funebre of the Chopin sonata, she emphasized the bass melody’s relentless nature rather than its overpowering volume.  In the Sonata’s opening movement, she gave this almost chaotic music coherence by highlighting the return of early motifs.  She made sure we heard a rumble of octaves under a singing melody and the harmonic twists that helped reinforce the shape of this hectic, headlong movement.
Yablonskaya’s sheer technical prowess was on the most vivid display in six Scriabin etudes from Op. 8, exercisers composed in imitation of Chopin’s etudes.  But as the Mozart Rondo K.511 and the Chopin Noturne Op. 9, No. 1 and Scherzo Op. 31, No. 2 revealed, she also can weave a lyrically meditative melody.”

Chicago Sun-Times

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