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Anna and Dmitri Shelest

April 12, 2022 - In light of the tragic events transpiring in Ukraine, Northern Kentucky University will welcome back two world-renowned pianists and NKU alums on April 22 for a concert to benefit Ukrainian refugees in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati community. 

Ukraine natives Anna Shelest (’05) and Dmitri Shelest (’05, ’08) will return to campus and the Greaves Concert Hall to perform works by Ukrainian and American composers. NKU School of the Arts string musicians and members of the NKU Chamber Choir will also perform. The Shelests hail from the city of Kharkiv which is a sister city of Cincinnati. To learn more about Anna and Dmitri Shelest, visit Anna’s website by clicking HERE. 

“Our hearts continue to be with the people of Ukraine through this tragic time,” NKU President Ashish Vaidya said. “NKU is fortunate to have such incredibly talented alums in Anna and Dimitri. Hosting the concert with their help, allows us to support two excellent organizations aimed at welcoming Ukrainian refugees in our community.” 

All proceeds from the concert will benefit Kentucky Refugee Ministries and Refugee Connect. The concert is sponsored by Duke Energy and Vincent Lighting Systems (VLS). 

Anna Shelest is an international award-winning pianist who The New York Times has hailed as a pianist with a “fiery sensibility and warm touch.” With her husband Dmitri, the couple recorded an album titled “Ukrainian Rhapsody,” which features works for two hands and four hands by Ukrainian composers. The Shelests have performed with world-class orchestras across the globe, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 

  • What: Concert to benefit Ukrainian refugees in northern Kentucky
  • Who: Featuring Anna and Dmitri Shelest, with performances by NKU SOTA string musicians and members of the NKU Chamber Choir
  • When: April 22 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: NKU Greaves Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building

For more information on the Ukraine benefit concert at Northern Kentucky University and to buy tickets, click HERE.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit