Ashland, Ore — From Belarus in Eastern Europe to here in the Rogue Valley, a young piano prodigy is performing her Master’s piece this Friday after a lifetime of work.
For the first time in 6 years, Tatsiana Asheichyk will be joined by her mother who has been supporting her from her native country.
“When I was 5, it was just one evening at dinner with my mom and dad and he asked if I would like to play an instrument,” said Asheichyk.
Dr. Alexander Tutunov is a professor of Piano at SOU. He and Dr. Margaret Evans of SOU brought Asheichyk to the United States after Dr. Tutunov watched her perform in Belarus.
“In music conservatory I met Alexander Tutunov, and he invited me here to come here to continue my school,” said Asheichyk.
Asheichyk says it was difficult to leave her mother behind to pursue her degree in Ashland.
“When my father passed away it was hard for me to study and she worked to provide me education and always support, even being far from me, always,” Asheichyk.
Asheichyk has performed at Carnegie Hall as a winner in the American Protege International Music Competition in 2014. This Friday, Asheichyk will perform as part of finishing her Master’s in Music Performance, and her mother will be in attendance.
“During the 6 years I had a brief chance to see my mom in Montenegro, that was it, so finally, she got a visa to come for my graduate recital and my graduation,” said Asheichyk.
Asheichyk will perform on both the piano and pipe organ and the performance includes works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Chopin, her mother’s favorite.
“I have to give lots of credit to my mom, for what she has done, for me to achieve, to be who I am and what I am.”
Tatsiana’s graduate recital is this Friday at 7:30pm at SOU’s recital hall on Mountain Avenue, and it’s free to the public.