Ukraine native and first-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Kseniia Polstiankina Barrad participated in the 2018 Merola Opera Program and is an active pianist and collaborator on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Before graduating with honors from the Special Music School in Kyiv, she won top prizes at various international piano and chamber music competitions, including the Prokofiev International Competition for Young Pianists (Donetsk, Ukraine), the International Competition for Young Pianists (Belgrade, Serbia), and the International Chamber Ensemble Competition (St. Petersburg, Russia). She has performed in master classes with artists such as Leon Fleisher, Jerome Lowenthal, Vadim Rudenko, José Feghali, Gabriela Montero, Margo Garrett, Julius Drake and Martin Frost. Barrad also enjoys a vibrant collaborative career spanning opera, choral music, vocal recitals and chamber music. She graduated with her master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and is now working on her Ph. D. in Piano Performance.