Olga Pashchenko, teacher

Olga Pashchenko (1986) is a Russian harpsichordist, fortepianist, organist and pianist who maintains a busy performing career, playing in concert halls in Moscow and other cities of Russia, Belarus, Italy, USA, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands and has won several major international competitions.

Pashchenko was born in Moscow and started playing the piano at the age of six. She entered the Gnessin School in Moscow at the age of seven and gave her first piano recital in New York City at the age of nine.[1] After graduating from the Gnessin School with honors she entered the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she studied with Alexei Lubimov (piano), Olga Martynova (harpsichord and fortepiano), and Alexei Shmitov (organ) and graduated in 2010. In 2011 she began studies with Richard Egarr at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam on both fortepiano and harpsichord and she graduated in 2013 and 2014 respectively, with the highest honors on both instruments (excellent, cum laude).

She has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals and venues around Europe, including the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht in the Netherlands, the Beethoven-Haus in Germany, Zaubersee Russian Music Festival in Switzerland, Leipziger Chopin-Tage and Seiler Festival in Germany, Sankt Gallen Festival in Austria, International Piano Festival Saint Petersburg and concert series of modern music “Skazochnye stranstviya” Moscow in Russia, Accademia del Ricercare,Soli Deo Gloria Festival, Mostra Fortepiano Bergamo in Italy among others.

Her playing been described by the press as "not only technical, but also musically of the highest quality", "imaginative and haunting" and acclaimed with "What an individuality, what a pianistic thoroughbred." Her debut CD, Transitions, with music by Dussek, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn was released in 2013 by the Belgian publisher Outhere on the label Fuga Libera, which got selected as the recording of the month on MusicWeb and got a ffff (highest award) from the French magazine Télérama. Her second CD, featuring sonatas and variations by Beethoven, will be released soon.