Evgenia (formerly known as Aino Elisabeth Theisen) started her piano and violin studies in Norway at the age of seven. At 13, she participated in national cultural festivals. She was awarded the 2nd prize in the competition "The Young Master of the Piano" at age 16, and represented Norway in the European Music Competitions for Youth in Dublin, Ireland in 1996. She has performed with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and on Norwegian national television, and has concertised in Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany and the USA in solo and collaborative contexts.
Evgenia completed a Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, graduating as the top student of the class of 2002. She continued in the Soloist Class (Artist Diploma) at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. She studied piano performance with professor Nelita True, professor Jose Ribera, professor Einar-Steen Nøkleberg, professor Sigurd Slåttebrekk, associate professor Trygve Trædal, Guri Linn and Guri Heggli. Additionally, she also studied piano pedagogy with professor Tony Caramia at the Eastman School of Music. Finally, she has participated in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Malcolm Bilson, Sergei Dorenski, Kevin Kenner, Angela Hewitt, Pnina Salzmann, John Damgaard and Avner Arad.
"I have been looking forward to auditioning for Aino Theisen (right)
for a long time. She is my musical idol. I needed inspiration - and
I got lots of it", radiantly recalls 17-year old Lene Glamsland
(left) after a successful concert at the Meta house yesterday
Eugenia no longer performs actively because she has chosen to pursue a religious vocation as an Eastern Orthodox Christian nun. This is also why she has a new given name. Nevertheless, she still enjoys sharing her knowledge of music and the piano with students of all ages. She has 15 years of experience teaching students from the age of 5 to 55. Eugenia has also taught master classes for intermediate piano students, as well as coached students in preparation for piano competitions. She is a full member of the Victorian Music Teachers Association and is qualified to prepare students for exams should they wish to pursue these.
Evgenia also holds a Master of Nursing Science degree, and practices as a registered nurse. She is highly committed to child safety and holds a valid Working With Children Check.