kadisha  onalbayeva

​​​" This is how angels sound in springtime. The audience simply wouldn't allow Kadisha  to exit the stage. Encore after encore ensued, culminating in  ..." 


                       Will Fox Foundation                                              USA , June 21, 2014                                                                                          

My CD, "Music, My Soul", is available at: 

 About Me 

"Kadisha Onalbayeva is the most famous pianist and composer from Kazakhstan... 
the first pianist from Kazakhstan to be named a Steinway Artist."  

                                    Ministry of Culture,                                             Republic of   Kazakhtan                                      Kazakhstan Time,   January 12. 2013

 "Kadisha, your performance of Gerschwin Rapsody in blue was just amazing! For the first time of my life, you made me love and understand this piece! It was so inspired and powerful, so intense, and we could feel the whole New York' meaning into your playing! Congrats and thanks a lot!  "    


                                                                                                               Éliane Reyes  

                                Belgian pianist

                   Costa Rica,  October  28, 2015 


"Kadisha Onalbayeva is one if the great pianists of our time. Her playing deeply moves everyone who hears it, whether it is a true judge of art or an amateur listener. Her performance is marked with a high professional level, fiery temperament, generous array of colors and profoundly  intelligent interpretation. Collaboration with the musician of this degree brings a pure enjoyment! "    

                                                           Yernar Myntayev

                                                   Music Director                                                            National  String Quartet                                                      of  the  Republic of                                Kazakhstan.   Astana Time, KZ                                             May 21 , 2015 


Dr. Onalbayeva is on the faculty at the University of Mobile . She currently serves as President of the Gulf Coast Steinway Society (Alabama, Mississippi and Florida).  She was recently commissioned to write a symphonic poem titled Zherym (My Motherland) which was premiered in May, 2014 by the Kazakhstan National Orchestra and she also performed the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 on the same concert.  Dr. Onalbayeva recently performed Piano Concerto No. 1 by Tchaikovsky with the Albany Symphony Orchestra in October and gave multiple performances of Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A with the Zhubanova String Quartet during their tour in the United States (September & October) and in Kazakhstan in May.  As part of her collaboration with the Zhubanova String Quartet they gave multiple performances of her composition Cycle for String Quartet in May, 2015 in Kazakhstan.  Dr. Onalbayeva also performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and premiered Artyk Toxsanbayev’s Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra with the Astana Philharmonic Orchestra in May, 2015. Toxsanbayev’s Rhapsody is dedicated to Dr.Onalbayeva.  The Minister of Culture of the Republic of

Kazakhstan recently filmed a documentary on the life and musical career of Dr. Onalbayeva titled Independent National’s Heritage which will be released in both Kazakh and in Russian in 2015.              

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Kadisha resides in Pensacola with her husband Dr. Michael Coleman and her daughter Malika.  

​​I'm proud to announce  the Gulf Coast  Steinway Society . It has long been a dream of mine to afford young, gifted pianists some of the same opportunities I was afforded as a child. In the course numerous performances with school and civic orchestras, I found that Gulf Coast states are full of astounding , inspiring youthful talent.  Please on click  


for more information about the Society and how YOU can get involved! 

Steinway Artist Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva was born in Kazakhstan and began her musical training at the age of five.  She is the first pianist from Kazakhstan to be named a Steinway Artist.  She attended the Jubanov Special School for Talented Children in Almaty, Kazakhstan.  While at Jubanov she studied piano and composition, gave piano recitals and was involved in both piano and composition festivals and competitions.  Awards include the Soviet Union’s New Talent competition and various prizes in national piano competitions and Central Asia piano competitions.  She also participated in international music festivals in Germany, Turkey, Russia, and Uzbekistan.  After graduating from the Jubanov School, Kadisha entered the Kurmangazy National Conservatory of Music.  She was awarded the President’s Award for Young Artists and Chevron’s Award for Talented Students in piano and composition. 
Dr. Onalbayeva continued her performances as a recitalist, chamber musician, composer, and as an orchestral soloist. She received a Soros Prize for her work in development of international cultural exchanges.  She earned two M.M degrees in both composition and piano performance at the University of New Orleans.  She then received her Doctoral of Musical Arts in piano performance at Louisiana State University.   Throughout her career, Dr. Onalbayeva has been a strong supporter of new music and she has been particularly interested in introducing the music of Kazakhstan to the United States.  She has continued performances of her music and has participated in international new music festivals as composer, performer and organizer throughout Central Asia, Austria, England, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Uzbekistan.  While in the U.S. she has participated in new music activities and performances as piano soloist and chamber musician in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Georgia and California.



I'm passionate about giving back to the music community.


“…pianist of the highest caliber with powerful inner expression, bright temperament and artistry.” -

                       Professor                                  Tatyana Suleimenova,

                                  May 17, 2014