Olga graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a First Class Honours degree in July 2015 where she studied with Hamish Milne. She graduated with a Master's degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music this spring where she was studying with Håvard Gimse and Kathryn Stott. Olga has enjoyed performing in the UK, Norway, Poland, Spain and Malta as a soloist and as a chamber musician. In 2016 she was selected as one of the soloists for 'De Unges Konsert' with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. She was also the 2017 recipient of the YAMAHA Foundation Scholarship for Scandinavia. As the winner of the Norwegian Music Competition for Youth five times, she has performed at distinguished venues in Norway such as Grieg's birthplace, Troldhaugen in Bergen and at the University Aula in Oslo. Other highlights include an award from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and a collaboration with the Vilnius String Quartet at the Johan Halvorsen Musikkfest in Drammen, Norway. In addition, her former trio, the Jørgensen Trio were CAVATINA Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music for 2015/16, and they were also the 2015 winners of the St Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition and the Malta International Music Competition.
Olga Jørgensen was born in Poland in 1992 and moved to Norway at the age of 3 where she started playing the piano at the age of 6. In 2004, Olga was awarded a place to study at the 'Young Talents' section of the Barratt-Due Music Institute in Oslo where she studied with Helge Kjekshus, and she was also part of Wolfgang Plagge's 'Elitesatsningsprosjekt' at Bærum Culture School. She began her studies at the Purcell School of Music outside London in 2005 where she was taught by Tessa Nicholson and where she received a scholarship under the Government's Music and Dance Scheme. In September 2011, Olga started her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London studying with Hamish Milne, and graduated with a First Class Honours degree in July 2015.
Olga has been awarded the 1st place in the Norwegian National Music Competition for Youth in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012. She has played at venues in Norway such as Troldhaugen, the Munch-museum, the University of Oslo, the Ibsen House, and Drammen Theatre. In April 2013 she performed Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no.2 with the University Symphony Orchestra (USO) in the University Aula in Oslo. She has also performed as part of the 'Ad Astra' Summer Concert Series in Drøbak, and collaborated with the eminent string trio ElveEnsemblet Telemark. In March 2015 she performed Sinding's Piano Quintet with the Vilnius String Quartet playing at the Johan Halvorsen Musikkfest in Drammen, Norway. Most recently she was a soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at 'De Unges Konsert'.
Olga has performed extensively in the UK; at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room/Southbank Centre, St Martin in the Fields, Steinway Hall, Trinity College Chapel, Magdalene College, Warwick University, Charter House and St Mark's Unitarian Church Edinburgh. She has also given concerts in Poland, Spain, Sweden, Holland and Malta. In 2007 she was the winner of the Jurmala Piano Competition for Youth in Latvia where she also performed with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra.
In Norway, Olga has been awarded various prizes such as the TICON Musikkpris, Ånun Lund Rej Minnepris, Drømmestipendet, Drammen kommunes Kulturstipend, Buskerud Fylkesstipend, Ola Rønnings Legat, Tom Wilhelmsen Legat, Margit and Eli Marie Arvesen Scholarship Fund, Eckbos Legat, Klæstad Legat, Ingerid, Synnøve and Elias Fegerstens Legat and Ingeborg Halck Syvertsen Legat.
She has participated in masterclasses in Norway, Poland, Germany, Holland and France with teachers such as Fabio Bidini, Kevin Kenner, Klaus Hellwig, Jiri Hlinka, Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle Hadland, Pascal Devoyon, Martin Roscoe, Bernd Goetzke, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Philippe Giusiano, Alberto Nose, Andrzej Jasinski, Alexei Orlovetsky, Michael Roll, Kathryn Stott, Laurent Boullet and Yevgeny Sudbin. She has taken part in the Victoria International Arts Festival (Gozo, Malta) the Aurora Chamber Music Festival (Sweden), the Jiri Hlinka Piano Academy (Norway), Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival (UK), and the International Holland Music Sessions (Holland).
Apart from her solo performing, Olga is a keen chamber musician and accompanist. Her former trio, the Jørgensen Trio won the Malta International Music Competition and were also the first group to have won both the main prize and the Audience Prize at the St Martin's Chamber Music Competition in 2015. They were also awarded the Harry Isaacs Piano Trio Prize, the Elias Fawcett Prize and the Jacob Barnes Scholarship, and held a position as Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music. They performed at the Colston Hall, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, St Martin in the Fields, St John Smith Square, Southwark Cathedral, National Gallery, The Forge, Burgh House and Regent Hall. The Trio enjoyed coachings with Ian Brown, Levon Chilingirian, Michael Dussek, Diana Ketler and Jon Thorne, and played in masterclass to Menahem Pressler, Trio Owon, Kathryn Stott, Richard Ireland, Timothy Ravenscroft and the Doric Quartet. Last April they took part in the prestigious IMS Prussia Cove in the class of Thomas Ades, and also attended the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Vanersborg, Sweden.
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