Margarita Shevchenko serves as associate professor of piano at MSU's College of Music.
She has been a winner of major international piano competitions including the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw; Leeds International Piano Competition, England; UNISA International Piano Competition, Pretoria, South Africa, Cleveland International Piano Competition, USA; and the Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, Israel. Praised for her Chopin interpretations, she has also been the recipient of the Special " Chopin Prize" at five of those competitions in addition to the main prizes won.
Shevchenko has toured throughout the world, giving recital and concerto performances in the United States, Canada, throughout Europe, Brazil, Japan, Russia, Israel and South Africa. Highlights of her many orchestral appearances include performances with the “Moscow Virtuosi” orchestra under Vladimir Spivakov, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Cape Town Symphony under JoAnn Faletta, Polish National Philharmonic, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Symphonica Braziliera and many others.
The leading newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung noted: "Pianist Margarita Shevchenko …proved to be sensational" and the New York Times called her playing "exemplary".
Shevchenko was heard in live broadcasts in Canada, Great Britain, Denmark, Russia, South Africa, Germany and throughout USA, including WCLV Radio in Cleveland and WFMT Fine Arts Radio in Chicago. She has also recorded for NHK Television, Japan at NYC Steinway Hall.
Shevchenko has given solo recitals to critical acclaim at New York's Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Old Opera House in Frankfurt; Salle Cortot, and Chatelet Theater in Paris; Tchaikovsky Hall and the Big Hall of Moscow Conservatory; Jack Singer Concert Hall, Calgary; Mann Auditorium, Tel-Aviv, Israel and many others.
Her four CDs include a collection of works by Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Scarlatti and others. Music critic for the American Record Guide John Bell Young described them as “object lessons in musical intelligence and decorum."
Former member of the Cleveland Institute of Misic and the Miami International Piano Academy, Shevchenko has served as a judge of the American Paderewski International Piano Competition, Cleveland International Piano Competition and the National Chopin Piano Competition of the USA, among others.