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Pianist Olga Rikova Ridgway has delighted audiences internationally with depth of musicality and technical brilliance. Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan she graduated from Tashkent State Conservatory and subsequently studied at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, Belgium. Moving to Chicago in 2003, she studied at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, receiving an Artist Diploma in piano and Master’s in Piano Performance. Olga received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Northwestern University. She studied with Ludmila Lazar and Alan Chow in Chicago, and Genya Paley in New York City.
Olga was awarded numerous prizes and awards including first prize at the Union League Competition, she was a prizewinner at the Thaviu-Issak Piano competition, Ibla Grand Prize International Piano Competition, Musician Club of Women Piano Competition (Farewell Award) and Central Asian Piano Competition.
Olga has performed as recitalist, chamber player and orchestral soloist in Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy and throughout the United States. Most recent appearances include performances at the Chicago Cultural Center, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Merkin Hall in New York City and Carnegie (Weill) recital hall.
Native Chicagoan, Sarai Buchanan makes her home in Harlem, having earned her Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance from the City College of New York, where she studied with Alison Deane. She has also studied with New York-based pedagogue, Genya Paley. She holds an undergraduate degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago. As a soloist and collaborative artist, Sarai has appeared at several international music festivals including the International Music Academies in Cremona, Italy and Regensburg, Germany (2011), and the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy (2012-13). Additionally, she has performed at New York’s Merkin Hall and Shephard Recital Hall through the City College of New York, where she has participated in chamber and solo recitals.