Mike Madriaga 9:30 a.m., May 25
Influences: Scarlatti, Debussy, Brahms, Prokofiev
Pianist Oksana Germain began studying music at the age of five, becoming an accomplished performer while still in her early teens. In 2010, at the age of fifteen, she was a San Diego Symphony Best & Brightest Young Artist winner. For this she was a soloist with the Symphony in its 100-Year Anniversary Gala that year, performing the first movement of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1.
Among her other awards are a People's Choice Award at John Perry's Klaviersommer Piano Festival in Germany in 2011, Most Promising in the 2012 La Jolla Symphony Young Artist Competition, three First Place wins in San Diego VOCE Chamber Music Competitions, two First Place Gold Medals in the California International Young Artist Competition Music Fest, and three Associated Arts Scholarships.
Her performances include the La Jolla Music Society's Discovery Series Prelude Concerts at the Neuroscience Institute and the San Diego Symphony's Children's Concert Series. She has also been a regularly featured performer on Music 101 Radio on San Diego's classical radio on station, 104.9 FM.
By 2013, she was serving as the rehearsal accompanist for the Pacific Women's Chorus in Solana Beach, as well as the rehearsal pianist for the Tifereth Israeli Community Orchestra, while also studying with Dr. Sarkis Baltaian in Arcadia.