2020–21 Season: The Adlers: Live at the Drive-In
Ukraine-born Kseniia Polstiankina Barrad is a pianist and collaborator with a flourishing career on both sides of the Atlantic. Before deciding to pursue a career as a collaborative pianist, she won top prizes at international piano and chamber music competitions, including the International Competition for Young Pianists (Belgrade, Serbia), the Sergei Taneyev International Chamber Ensemble Competition (Kaluga, Russia), first prize with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Competition, and national finalist two times in the MTNA Young Artist Competition, winning 3rd prize in 2011.
As a collaborative pianist, Kseniia has worked with opera and vocal music organizations across the U.S, including San Francisco Opera, West Edge Opera, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Songfest, Cincinnati Opera, Long Beach Opera, and the prestigious Merola Opera Program in San Francisco. Future engagements include first pianist and Russian diction coach for Queen of Spades at Des Moines Metro Opera and a staff pianist position at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute.
Polstiankina Barrad currently resides in San Francisco, where she is a pianist and vocal coach in the Adler Fellowship Program at San Francisco Opera. She graduated with her master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati where she completed her DMA in Piano Performance studying with Awadagin Pratt.