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Olga Jegunova

The Latvian pianist Olga Jegunova makes every performance fresh and compelling. She possesses a remarkable musical imagination combined with a seriousness of purpose and discipline. Her repertoire ranges from Bach to Schnittke, Scarlatti to Bartok and includes much contemporary repertoire, not least some new works composed especially for her.

Olga has gained an enviable reputation as soloist and recitalist, not least winning many major international piano competitions. These include the Ginette Gaubert competition in Paris and the Steinway-Förderpreis in Hamburg. She has been a prize-winner at the Maryse Cheilan competition in France, the Stasys Vainiunas competition in Vilnius, the Animato competition in Zurich, and was a semi-finalist at the prestigious Geza Anda Concours in Zurich.

Beginning her musical studies in her native Latvia (B.Mus at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Music Academy), Olga moved to Germany (M.Mus at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg) and Great Britain (Royal College of Music’s Artist Diploma course as an RCM scholar under Dmitri Alexeev, and Royal Northern College of Music where her piano teacher was Norma Fisher).

Her studies have been supported by innumerable scholarships and awards including Socrates Erasmus, Acroyd Trust, LMN, Izglītības fonds, Kultūrkapitāla fonds, RCM scholarship and DOM Stiftung.

Olga regularly performs at festivals across Europe. These include Gstaad Piano academy, Edinburgh International Festival, Deal Festival, IMS Prussia Cove and Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival.

Olga Jegunova is very interested in working with other groups of artists. She played the piano in the “Noureev & Friends” performance in the Palais Des Congrès in Paris in 2013 and has worked with the storyteller Jan Blake to create the Peter and the Wolf performance for children.

Olga Jegunova played for the Latvian Presidency’s annual Burns Supper in Brussels and played before HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Olga has participated in numerous master classes with such luminaries as Andras Schiff, Ferenz Rados, Elisso Virsaladze, Mikhail Voskresensky and Lazar Berman. As a soloist she has collaborated with conductors such as Saulius Sondeckis, Alexander Soddy, Andres Mustonen, Muhai Tang and Valery Ovsianikov, and appeared with ensembles and orchestras such as the Sinfonia Concertante, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Pasdeloup Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Olga also is a very keen chamber musician.

Since 2009, she has worked as a performer for Live Music Now, a charity providing live music in the concert hall as well as in the welfare, educational, justice and health sectors. Olga teaches piano to students of Queen Mary London University.

Olga Jegunova was invited to work as a compare at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. This competition was streamed live over the Internet by Medici TV. BBC Arabic interviewed Olga Jegunova about classical music and how it makes a difference to our humanity.

In December 2015 Olga Jegunova launched a charity called OlgaRhythm to support talented music students of all ages.