Oksana Kolesnikova has had a remarkable life. Born in Siberia, Oksana fell in love with the subtlety of the piano when she was just five years old. Her family had just moved to Kazakhstan from Siberia, Russia, and this is where she began taking her classical piano lessons. Filled with inspiration and drive on her one true goal, that is to embrace her talent, she went on to win several awards and embarked on her endeavor to be the renowned pianist-turned-businesswoman that we know today.
For Oksana, it was a blessing to be brought up by parents who were educators. Parents who were continuously seeking more opportunities for their children to give in to their innate flair. When the Soviet Union was dissolved, Oksana emigrated to the U.S. with her family and settled down in St. Petersburg, Florida.
As she was exploring her passion for music at St. Petersburg College, she won the Florida State Young Artists Symposium Competition as a junior which secured her a scholarship to the prestigious School of Music at Florida State University. When she graduated with honors in 2001, she started playing as a performer across Florida. Today we know her as a pianist, composer, educator, innovative music and language curriculum developer, and a personal mentor to the franchise owners of Oksana® Enrichment Programs.
A legacy of passion and hard work
Oksana’s gigs included charitable and business galas, private events, and a recurring booking on the Home Shopping Network. She had a growing fanbase and was thrilled to showcase her talent on such a vast scale. In 1999, when she was attending a birthday party, little did she know that she would fall in love with the celebrant. Alex and Oksana got married just a year later, and together they launched the most remarkable and creative journey.
Alex became her career manager/business partner and helped Oksana build a strong qualified network around the globe. In 2003, she became the first Russian-American woman pianist to play for the U.S. Troops in Italy, Spain, and Greece and later completed two world tours on behalf of the MWR Department of the U.S. Navy including stops in Guam, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and Singapore. Not to mention, she also had the honor of performing for the U.N. officials in Larissa, Greece.
2006 became the next momentous year in her life when she proudly received her U.S. citizenship and gave a performance at the Salento International Film Festival on opening night. This opportunity made her think and she decided to move to Beverly Hills, California, the epicenter of the entertainment world.
“At OMG, we believe that a child who identifies his or her passion and in due time nurtures it, quickly learns that knowledge is indeed power. And with great power comes great responsibility, a philosophy our instructors embed into every enriching lesson plan.”
With hard work and perseverance, she landed the prestigious position of in-house pianist at the Polo Lounge, an exquisite 5-star property in Beverly Hills. She played there until 2013, and during that time she began receiving more and more offers to set a show at private parties and charitable galas and also, give piano lessons to celebrities and their little ones in the LA region.
For her, the best part of her day came when she would teach a child how to tread on those keys and it quickly became her passion to help more and more kids realize their natural flair.
Focused on her newfound dream to meet the needs of children aspiring to be someone just like her, she established Oksana® School of Music, under her Oksana® Management Group, Inc. (OMG), her own personal brand. In 2014, it was awarded the Best of Beverly Hills Award and soon became the first choice of celebs who sought lessons for themselves and their loved ones. A lot of credit goes to the stellar reputation that she had built over the years, not to forget her multidisciplinary skillset.
Since then, Oksana has launched two more companies naming Oksana® Enrichment Programs, and Oksana® Foundation. As the CEO of three well-established businesses, she is one of the most elite women in business today.
Looking through the eyes of a Teacher
Oksana asserts, “At OMG, we believe that a child who identifies his or her passion and in due time nurtures it, quickly learns that knowledge is indeed power. And with great power comes great responsibility, a philosophy our instructors embed into every enriching lesson plan.”
Bestowing her diligence, drive and spirit to her brand, she founded Oksana® Enrichment Programs, offering one-on-one lessons for students and after-School Enrichment programs for the public, private, and charter schools. Ensuring cross-promotions, mutually rewarding collaborations, and endorsements, she carefully began expanding her vision.
By 2019, her organization had environed dozens of instructors, hundreds of students, and associations with 12 different schools in Southern California. Focused on quality education and enrichment of students, she hand-picks her instructors to bring a selection of programs that meet the needs of students and learning institutions.
Conceived out of her love for musical performances, composition, and music theory her programs offer lessons in the field of music, languages including French, Italian, Spanish, English, and Chinese, full academic courses from K-12, with potential room for additional subjects. Furthermore, her After-School Enrichment Programs include teaching sessions for music instruments, voice/choir, art, acting/drama, financial literacy, martial arts, and foreign languages alongside tutoring and test preparation.
Reaching out to the entrepreneurs, musicians and educators who are looking to explore new opportunities beyond their ongoing careers based on a well-researched and proven strategy but are bounded by certain reservations, she adds, “Oksana® Enrichment Programs gives you an abundance of reasons to change the fear-based way of thinking. There is no more significant source for startup assistance than a well-chosen franchisor. That’s what we are offering, as well as proof of the allure that starting a franchise business like ours, which is completely packaged and ready to go (as opposed to the uncertainty of an independent startup), is “worth its weight in gold.”
“Oksana® Enrichment Programs gives you an abundance of reasons to change the fear-based way of thinking. There is no more significant source for startup assistance than a well-chosen franchisor. That’s what we are offering, as well as proof of the allure that starting a franchise business like ours, which is completely packaged and ready to go (as opposed to the uncertainty of an independent startup), is “worth its weight in gold.”
Growth with carefully devised courses
To reach as many children as she can, Oksana established Oksana® Foundation in 2020, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit for the betterment of underprivileged children. She also engages herself in networking events to help others with business development.
At present, Oksana continues to mentor a limited roster of piano protegees, compose music and perform live concerts for special events such as fundraisers for her Foundation. In early 2020, she was honored with an Award of Excellence in Education at the Pre-Grammy Awards Party held at Los Angeles Chargers penthouse headquarters for her contributions.
Though, this is not the first time she has been presented with a prestigious award. In 2010 her CD “Free Floating” containing original compositions of her won the Best Classical Album of the Year on SoloPiano.com. Her CD, "Best of Two Worlds," worked out a collaboration with notable fine artist Jim Warren.
Besides her eight albums of original, classical, and popular music, she has recorded several instructional videos for students aspiring to learn piano. "Oksanabella," her YouTube channel features her performances, has nearly 3 million video views from all over the world.
For those who dream of leaving behind their own legacy one day, Oksana says, “My dream of bringing premium educational opportunities to underprivileged youth is now a vivid reality. Our mission is to nurture and cultivate their gifts in order to build excitement, elevate hope, and support children in creating positive and lasting changes in the world around them.”
“If you have a mission of your own, don’t wait for an opportunity. Create it. Follow your passion! Or else, join us. Through an Oksana® Enrichment Programs franchise, your chances of success are dramatically high because you will have our unprecedented support, a proven concept, and a thoroughly developed training program and resources. Your success is our success,” concludes Oksana.