Music Department

Dr. Olga Kleiankina, pianist

Assistant Teaching Professor
919-515-8282 (Price Line)

919-515-1085 (Broughton Line)


OlgaOlga Kleiankina’s talents both as a pianist and composer were marked early when at the age of ten she won the Republic of Moldova’s National composition contest. Following her early successes, she received degrees from St. Neaga College of Music in Kishinau, Moldova, and the Academy of Music Gh. Dima in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She continued her musical training by receiving a Master of Music from Bowling Green State University and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Over her career, Dr. Kleiankina has obtained various awards and prizes for performance, accompanying, chamber music, jazz, composition and arrangements.


Dr. Kleiankina is currently the Assistant Professor of Piano at North Carolina State University. She has presented numerous lectures, lecture-recitals, and master classes internationally and in the United States at events such as the 2008 MTNA Conference in Denver and the 2011 CMS Conference in Richmond.


Dr. Kleiankina is an active solo and chamber music performer with an international career. She has performed with orchestras from Moldova, Romania, United States and Russia with conductors Emil Simon, Robert Houlihan, Zsolt Janko and Randolph Foy. In November 2010, Dr. Kleiankina performed at the Glinka Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Russia, where she, accompanied by the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Meyer, premiered a Piano Concerto written by NCSU composer, Dr. Rodney Waschka. In June 2012, she performed the Waschka piano concerto with the State Radio and Television Symphony of Moldova in Chisinau, Moldova.


Recent Highlights:


“Olga Kleankina is a pianist with a very special feeling for jazz, …with a strong technique and imposing touch, an artist capable of launching herself into breath taking tempi, contrasting changes of rhythms and colors or folding perfectly in lyrical parts.”
Faclia (Romania), 28 May 2011


“…strong technique and a sophisticated sense of rhythm…”
DN Artes, (Portugal), 16 July 2010


“Kleiankina possessed a fine sense of timing, rubato and phrasing which fit the piece beautifully.”
Classical Voice of North Carolina, 18 April 2010


“…This Moldova[n] native, by her performance of Liszt’s Concerto No. 2 in A for Piano and Orchestra, demonstrated why she constitutes such a major enhancement to the Triangle music scene. Perhaps not many would list this work among their favorite concertos, but it does contain fireworks aplenty, and it allows the soloist to provide quite a show. The pianist’s agile fingers proved equal to the huge demands of the six movements, played without break…”
Classical Voice of North Carolina, 15 November 2009