Oksana Lepska is a Latvian soprano and an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Music, London. She is currently studying at the Royal College of Music for her Master’s degree, under the tutelage of Patricia Bardon.
Oksana’s musical education began aged six when she started studying piano in music school in Riga, Latvia. Oksana began private singing lessons at a young age and has continued to develop her skills ever since. At the age of eleven, she was chosen to introduce Latvia at a talent show in Moscow, Russia. She was then spotted in the USA and invited to perform at Carnegie Hall with other young artists: pianist Aimi Kobayashi and marimba player Rostislav Sharaevsky. Oksana was fourteen years old when she started having classical singing lessons; after this experience, it became her dream to be an operatic soprano. Having finished music school and nine years of secondary school, she started her education at High Music College of Jazeps Medins where she studied Vocal Performance, under the tutelage of Natalia Kozlova. During her studies in Latvia, Oksana’s most notable achievements were: first prize at the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition in NYC (Two-time winner: 2012&2014), first prize for most-promising singer in Graz, Austria, and the opportunity to perform two solo concerts and record two CDs.
After graduating from College in 2015, Oksana started her Bachelor degree at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was offered a scholarship. During studies in London, Oksana had three singing teachers and two coaches. Oksana also worked considerably with Michael Dussek, Richard Stokes, Peter Robinson, Alec Crowe, Lada Valesova and others. She trained her language skills with Isabella Carolina Radcliffe, Florence Daguerre de Hureaux and Johanna Mayr.
Some of her achievements at the Academy include: a performance of Schumann’s ‘Myrthen’ and becoming a member of the prestigious “Song Circle”.
In September 2018 Oksana participated in Master-class with Susan Bullock, and later that year, in October, she took part in Academy’s ‘Opera Scenes’ for the first time. November 2018 saw the Artistic Director of Neue Stimmen personally invite Oksana to take part in master-classes with Jennifer Larmore, an opportunity fully-funded by the Government of Luxembourg.
During her four years in London, Oksana’s musical career has hugely progressed. Whilst she has participated in many projects and competitions, and has collaborated with many talented musicians, Oksana is most proud to say that she has finally been offered her first professional role. In September 2019 Oksana will debut as a Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni under the baton of British conductor Matthew Scott Rogers.
Oksana regularly performs at venues around the world, including Russia, Austria, France, Belgium, and the UK.