Polstiankina was one of seven national finalists selected to compete. The competition, sponsored by Steinway & Sons, was held during the MTNA National Conference in Milwaukee, Wis., March 26-30. Polstiankina was chosen as a national finalist after representing Alabama and winning the MTNA Southern Division Young Artist Piano Competition in Columbus, Ga., in January. Polstiankina, a senior music major, is the daughter of Irina Polstiankina and Sergei Polstiankina of Kiev, Ukraine. She is a student of UAB Associate Professor of Piano Yakov Kasman, D.M.A.
â€śThis is a huge achievement for Kseniia, for our Department of Music and for UAB. This would be a great honor for any major school of music for a student to be placed so highly at this important national competition. We are very proud of Kseniia,â€ť Kasman says.
Jeffrey W. Reynolds, D.M.A., chair of the Department of Music, agrees. â€śThis is another in a long line of prestigious awards this young pianist already has garnered. She is as captivating a person as she is a pianist and will be an enormous contributor to the world of music,â€ť Reynolds says.