Marina Osman

Marina Vasilieva Starostenkova Osman (Russian: Марина Васильева Старoстенкова Oсман; born 1965 in Polotsk, Belarus), is a Belarusian classical and jazz concert pianist.

Marina Osman
Марина Викторовна Васильева
Marina Osman in concert in St Petersburg.jpg
Marina Starostenkova during shooting of film Ad Libitum
Background information
Birth nameMarina Viktorovna Vasilieva
Also known asMarina Starostenkova
Born (1965-08-28) 28 August 1965 (age 56)
Polotsk, Byelorussian SSR
GenresClassical music, jazz
Occupation(s)Pianist, piano teacher


Early life and studiesEdit

Marina Vasilieva was born in 1965 in Polotsk, Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic,[1] in a family of musicians. Her mother Lydia Ivanovna Vasilieva was a bayan player, a choirmaster and a singing/vocal teacher and her father Viktor Semenovich Vasiliev was a theoretician, graduate of the Gnessin State Musical College.

After moving to Murmansk in the Kola Peninsula, Starostenkova started her music studies in 1980 at Murmansk College of Arts (former Murmank Music School), entering a piano class. In 1984, she graduated with distinction after completing the full academic course in the speciality fortepiano and was given the qualification of teacher of a music school and concertmaster.[2]

During her studies in Murmansk, she became laureate of the Regional Contest of the soloist-pianist in the North-West region of the USSR and the winner of the Contest of Soloist-Pianists held in Murmansk.

In the same year, she entered the Belarusian State Academy of Music in Minsk in the speciality fortepiano in the class of professor Leonid Petrovich Yushkevich in which she stayed until 1990.[1][3]


Whilst she studied in Minsk, from 1989, she became a piano teacher and concertmaster in Novopolotsk State Musical College[4] in Novopolotsk.

She was granted the higher pedagogical and concertmaster categories in 1993. She worked from 1989 to 2010 at Novopolotsk State Musical College and prepared 40 students including her daughter, Yulia Starostenkova,[4] to enter the Belarusian State Academy of Music, and at other musical superior institutions and colleges in Russia and Belarus. Yulia Starostenova won 2nd prize at Chopin republican contest in 2005.[4] Some of her students entered the German universities of Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe and Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt. Most of her students were laureates of the music contest for young interpreters of music for the piano, interregional piano contest (Vitebsk), regional contest in Vitebsk (1997), Grodno (2005, 2006), Minsk (2007), Mogilev (2009) and made "a huge historical and creative contribution to development of the college".[5]

N. Kushnarova and Marina Starostenkova were laureate of the republican contest of creative works forming a duet.[4]

She was a member of the jury of the third International Chamber ensemble competition "Nova Musica" in Daugavpils.[1]

Starostenkova took part in concerts both in Belarus and Russia, and also in jazz festivals in Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Russia in 2009.[1]

In September of the same year, she was invited to Moscow to participate in radio recordings of Swedish violinist Michael Kazinik [Wikidata]'s radio programs at radio Orpheus[1][6] a Russian classical music station, before continuing to give concerts in December 2009 in Moscow with him and Andreï Chistyakov.[7][8][9][10]

This is Marina Starostenkova – an amazing pianist from the far Belarusian city of Novopolotsk. This is the House of Music. That is, all the music that was ever written, all the harmony, all the possibilities exist in her head, heart and hands.

— Michael Kazinik [ru], Вечер импровизации. Встреча первая, [1]

Now in England, Marina Osman frequently gives concerts at the Pushkin House in London[11][12][13][14] and has given piano and theory lessons[1][15] since 2011. Marina Osman participates in the music band Kara and gives concerts with the band as a pianist.[16]

In 2019, Marina Osman has won the 2019 Folking awards in the "Best musician" category.[17]

Awards and diplomasEdit

Starostenkova has been awarded:

  • The lapel badge of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus for the contribution to the cultural evolution of Belarus[1] (Certificate n° 648 by the order of the ministry of Culture of the republic of Belarus n° 91 from 12 November 2008)
  • Diploma with honors from the Ministry of Culture of Belarus for successful training of students for contests (1994)
  • Diploma of practical studies in the class of Professor Shatsky in the creative school of the special fund of the President of the Republic Lukashenko for supporting talented youth (2000)
  • The prize of the Republic's creative contest for teachers (won three times in 1993, 1998, and 2004)
  • The diploma of the Republic of Belarus Ministry of Culture for exquisite concertmaster skills at an international contest for string instruments in Gomel in 2006[18]
  • Diploma for exquisite concertmaster skills at the Republic's open contest of folk instruments in Grodno (2009)[19]


In 2008, Starostenkova was invited to Saint Petersburg to shoot the film Ad Libitum with musicologist Michael Kazinik [ru] and violinist Andreï Chistyakov.[20][21]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Daria Kulesh – With Marina Osman". Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  2. ^ Diploma n° 747141 of the Murmansk music school
  3. ^ Diploma given by the state examination board to certify that Starostenkova completed the full academic cursus in 1990 at the Belarusian State Academy of Music
  4. ^ a b c d "NGMU". Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  5. ^ "NGMU". A huge historical and creative contribution to development of the college was made by M. M. Minkovich, V. T. Borsch, O. S. Kudryavtseva, L. I. Polyakova, E. S. Martos, N. and I. Khotylyovs, M. I. Ivashkin, U. A. Bauskov, I. I. Kachan, T. A. Tsygankova, V. S. Kudryavtsev, L. V. Bezmen, A. M. Bogomolov, S. M. Mazurina. The following people are well-known in the republic as pedagogues, methodologists and concert performers as well as: G. V. Malykh and V. L. Malykh, A. I. Kondratyuk, L. I. Ostroukhova, N. A. Kolotsei, N. S. Kushnaryova, T. N. Ivashkina, A. M. Sinitsyna, M. V. Starostenkova, T. V. Nikulina, E. P. Kirillova, E. N. Vasilyeva.
  6. ^ "Daria Kulesh & Marina Osman // KARA – an evening of Russian music | Russian Events London". Russian Events London. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Вечер импровизации. Встреча первая" (in ru-ru). Retrieved 17 September 2017.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  8. ^ "Михаил Казиник, Андрей Чистяков, Марина Старостенкова Музыка, которая вернулась (радио Орфей ) слушать и скачать музыку бесплатно на". (in Russian). Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Михаил Казиник, Андрей Чистяков, Марина Старостенкова Музыка, которая вернулась слушать онлайн и скачать все песни mp3". (in Russian). Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  10. ^ "В СВОБОДНОМ ПОЛЕТЕ: валенки и Шопен". 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Growing up in Wonderland: Daria Kulesh and Marina Osman". Pushkin House. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  12. ^ "In the Mood for Spring / Becеннее настроение with Daria Kulesh & Marina Osman". Pushkin House. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  13. ^ "DARIA KULESH & MARINA OSMAN: SONGS FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY". Pushkin House. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Rossotrudnichestvo". Представительство Россотрудничества в Великобритании. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  15. ^ "AUTUMN NOSTALGIA / ЗОЛОТАЯ ОСЕНЬ: FAVOURITE RUSSIAN & SOVIET SONGS WITH DARIA KULESH & MARINA OSMAN". 2016. Since 2011, Marina has been based in London, focusing on training young musicians for ABRSM exams.
  16. ^ "Marina Osman Archives |". Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  17. ^ "The Folking Awards 2019 – the results". Folking. 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  18. ^ Diploma for master concertmaster skills delivered by Vladimir Perlin in Gomel 2006 contest
  19. ^ Diploma of the Republican I. I. Zhynovich open contest of folk instruments to Maryna Viktorauna Starastenkava
  20. ^ "Архив". Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  21. ^ "Новые фильмы на dvd". (in Russian). Retrieved 25 November 2017.

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