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Olga Chelova

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'This young Pianist is a polished diamond. She is regarded as an extremely promising young artist.' (EZ Zeitung, 24.03.2016)

Olga Chelova was born in Odessa, Ukraine. She received her first piano classes at the age of four. Olga was later accepted as a talented student to a prestigious Odessa Stolyarsky school, an Alma Mater of such reknown artists as Emil Gilels and David Oistrakh. At the age of six Olga gave her first piano recital and performed as a soloist with Odessa Philharmonic Haydn's Piano Concerto in D Major.

While still at the Stolyarsky School, Olga attracted attention of the jury at the F. Chopin International Competition in Ukraine in 1999. While being the youngest participant of the competition she was granted a special Prize for an exceptional performance of a Nocturne op.9 Nr.2 The head of the jury, the famous Ukrainian pianist Prof.  Krushelnitskaya called Olga ‘a poet at the piano’. This was followed by a concert tour where she performed F. Chopin’s Concertos for the piano with an Orchestra e-moll and f-moll accompanied by the National Symphonic Orchestra of Ukraine.Upon a successful completion of the Stolyarsky School in 2003 Olga was accepted to Odessa Music Academy. As a student of the Piano Department, she was granted a L. Ginsburg Scholarship as a winner of a 2004 L. Ginsburg Competition.

Olga Chelova recieved her musical education at the University of Music and Drama in Hannover as a student of Professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. She continued her studies in a Postgraduate Course for Piano soloists at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg.

Since January 2015 she has been studying  for a Master Degree in solo performance with Prof. Matti Raekallio at the University of Music and Drama in Hannover. After the departure of Prof. Raekallio Olga is studying since October 2015 with Professor Teppo Koivisto.

Olga attended International master classes with Prof. Lilya Zilberstein (Russia), Prof. John Perry (USA), Prof. Klaus Hellwig (Germany) and Paul Badura-Skoda (Austria).

As a soloist she had performed among others with such orchestras as the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilarmonie, Kiev National Philharmonic, Odessa Philharmonic.

As a welcomed guest Olga Chelova also appeared at the piano and chamber music festivals such as Valtidone Music Festival in Italy, Youth Music Festival in Passau in Germany, Cochem Piano Summer Festival, Euro Arts Music Festival, Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Dornummer Kammermusiktage.

Olga Chelova won prizes in several international competitions and festivals "Classic in the Old Town" Hannover 2011 and the 1st Prize and Audience Award - for performance of "Six large Etudes after N. Paganini" by F. Liszt at Cochem Piano Summer 2012 Cochem.

She has received a number of international scholarships such as "Music Needs Friends" Hannover 2011, "Anna Ruths" Foundation Frankfurt 2012, "Bern Beck Foundation" Berlin, 2013 Germany Scholarship YAMAHA, 2013, a scholarship from the International Mendelsohn Piano Academy in Leipzig in 2014, and the International summer Academy in Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria, in 2010 and 2011). Since summer semester 2015 she is supported for her outstanding performance by the Förderkreis of the University of Music and Drama in Hannover.

For her performance of works by W. A. Mozart, Chopin and Debussy in the Chamber Music Hall of the University of the Arts in Berlin in 2013, she was honored by the opera gala by "Ottilie -Selbach Redslob" Foundation.

Olga gave concerts in Ukraine, Germany (including Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Herkulessaal Munich, New Theatre in Emden, Richard Jakoby Saal Hannover, NDR Kultur stage in Hannover and in the Mozart Hall of the Alte Oper Frankfurt) in Austria (in Wiener Saal in Salzburg) , the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and France.

In March 2016 Olga was selected for the third Emil Gilels Festival  dedicated to 'THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT RUSSIAN PIANIST" in Freiburg, where she got lessons with Prof. Robert Levin and Prof. Bashkirov.