Ksenia Kouzmenko was born in Minsk, Belarus in a family of pianists. At the age of seven she was accepted at the National Music College in Minsk, where she graduated cum laude, with Gold Medal. She continued her piano studies at the National Music Academy, where she received her Master degree, also cum laude, as a soloist, a teacher and in accompaniment and chamber music.
In 1995 she came to the Netherlands on an international scholarship, for postgraduate studies with Naum Grubert at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 1997 and 1998 Ksenia received grants from the Yuri Egorov Foundation, to continue her studies.
She took part in master-classes by Abbey Simon, György Sándor, Elza Kolodin, Vazha Chachava, Lazar Berman, György Kurtág, Earl Wild, Charles Rosen, Jan Wijn, Karl-Heinz Kammerling, Ivan Moravec and went several times to Germany for special courses in Bach-interpretation with Walter Blankenheim. In the summer of 1997 she spent two months as a fellow student in Tanglewood (U.S.A.).
She participated in international competitions in Lithuania, Poland, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan and Macau, and, besides several prizes for accompaniment, won the second prize and also the Audience Prize at the International Tromp Music Competition in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and the third prize at the Rencontres Musicales de Gaillard, France.
She played with the National Symphony Orchestra of Belarus, the Zeeuws Orkest, the Brabants Orkest, the Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, the Valerius-ensemble and the Nederlands Blazersensemble. In 2000 she was a soloist in the Kurtág-project of the Royal Conservatory, conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw. In 2004, on recommendation of György Kurtág himself, she played his “...quasi una fantasia...” with the Orchestra della Svizzerra Italiana, conducted by Olivier Cuendet, in Lugano. She recorded concerts for the National Broadcast Corporation of Belarus, Radiotelevisione Svizzerra de lingua italiana, Dutch television and Dutch and Belgian national radio channels.
Ksenia has been performing in Germany (Beethoven Festival in Bonn), England, Greece, Switzerland, Belgium (Festival van Vlaanderen), Italy, Slovenia (Tartini Festival), Spain (Festival “Semana de Musica Caja Astur”), Russia (Hermitage, St Petersburg), and all over the Netherlands.
Since 1999 she teaches at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.
Ksenia forms a duo with Dutch violinist Lisa Jacobs. In 2013 their CD appeared at Challenge Records featuring compositions of Franck and Ysaÿe.
Ksenia Kouzmenko uses a grand piano, offered by the Dutch National Music Instrument Foundation.
In the words of the jury rapport of the International Tromp Music Competition: Ksenia Kouzmenko is a convincing performer, whose elegant gestures are always subordinated to the music. She dares to take risks and sweeps the listener along on her musical explorations.
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