Two Russian pianists were selected as semi-finalists and will be joining us in Houston to compete in the Ima Hogg Competition. 29 year old Anna Keiserman attended The Moscow State Gnessius Academy and is currently a student at the University of Minnesota. Anna mentioned that she thought her English was pretty good until she visited Texas for the first time. We will be sure to hold back our drawl to help her out a little during this visit. 27 year old pianist Natalia Tkachenko is from Vladikavkaz, Russia and is currently a student at Texas Christian University. Natalia describes her hometown, where she lived up until a few years ago, as “a very beautiful and quite place with a lot of green trees and a river called Terek in the center of the city.” Growing up in such a beautiful place probably had quite an influence on her as a musician. We welcome both of these contestants to the great city of Houston. Find out if either of these contestants will appear with the Houston Symphony in the Finals on Saturday June 2nd by attending the semi-finals on Thursday May 31st. Get your tickets for the Finals HERE.