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Olga Pashchenko

Olga Pashchenko

Olga Pashchenko is a Russian pianist, harpsichordist, organist and hammer piano performer with a repertoire stretching from 16th century to modern day compositions.



Olga Pashchenko was born in Moscow and began to study music at the age of six at the Nikolai Myaskovsky Children’s School of Music (now the Frédéric Chopin Arts College) in the class of S. P. Genis. That same year, she became a prize-winner at the All-Russian Children’s Young Piano Competition (1993).

Since 1994 she has studied at the Moscow Gnesins’ Middle Specialised School of Music, class of Tatiana Zelikman. She gave her first recital in New York at the age of nine. In 2002 she became a grant-recipient of the Russian Performing Arts foundation. During her studies, she became interested in authentic performing practices, which to a great extent has defined her subsequent development and artistic interests. In 2000 she entered Olga Martynova’s harpsichord class. She graduated from the Moscow Gnesins’ Middle Specialised School of Music with distinction, and in 2005 Olga Pashchenko entered the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire (Faculty of Historical and Contemporary Performing Arts – historical harpsichord class of Olga Martynova and contemporary piano class of Alexei Lyubimov. From her first year, the performer also began to study the organ under Alexei Shmitov at the Department of Organ and Harpsichord of the Piano Faculty.

In 2010 Olga Pashchenko graduated with distinction from the Conservatoire and continued with a post-graduate study at the Faculty of Historical and Contemporary Performing Arts, class of Alexei Lyubimov. She also maintains regular contact with her former teacher, Tatiana Zelikman.

Olga Pashchenko has taken part in master-classes of both classical and authentic performing in Russia and abroad given by Trevor Pinnock, Bob van Asperen, Christopher Stembridge, Ella Sevskaya, Davitt Moroney, Bart van Oort, Malcolm Bilson, Christine Schornsheim, Gunther Rost, Johann Trummer and Ludger Lohmann. She also participates in international festivals in Kitzingen (2005), Poeke (2006), Karlsruhe (2009), Florence (Villa I Tatti – Harvard University Centre for Renaissance Studies), 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010) and Utrecht ( Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival, 2010); she works with such musicians as Alexei Lyubimov, Natalia Gutman, Anatoly Grindenko, Pavel Serbin, Alexei Utkin, Paolo Grazzi and Dmitry Sinkovsky among others.

Olga Pashchenko’s repertoire is incredibly extensive and includes works by highly diverse composers from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Olga Pashchenko frequently performs as a soloist and performs in concert with various orchestras throughout Russia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Belgium, France and the USA.