Biography of Dudnik Olga:
Olga Dudnik was born in the Ukraine into a family of professional musicians. From an early age she has been giving concerts in the most prestigious musical venues throughout the Soviet Union. She studied at the Special Music School for Gifted Children where she received the Gold Medal for Excellence and at the age of 16 she won the Ukraine Piano Competition. In 1990 Olga continued her studies with Professor A.Volkov at the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University and since 1993 she moved to London where she undertook Advanced Solo Studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Professor J.Gibb. Upon completion of the course Olga was awarded the “Premier Prix”, later she continued her studies at the Royal College of Music with Professor I.Zaritskaya, where she gained her Masters Degree (MMus) in Advanced Performance.In competitions Olga is especially proud of the 1st prize in the Arianne Katz Competition and prizes in the Young Soloist of the Year Competition (1996) and Hong Kong International Piano Competition (1997). In London Olga made her Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall debuts with a BBC live broadcast and has appeared with numerous orchestras including London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Her performances received great critical acclaim.
Since 1999 Olga joined the staff at the Guildhall School of Music and combines a teaching career with a busy schedule of piano recitals, concerto and ensemble appearances across Europe. Her two solo CDs featuring romantic virtuoso works were received with great enthusiasm. Olga’s interpretation of contemporary repertoire also attracted keen attention and her most recent recordings include W.Wallace’s Second Piano Concerto (2002), performed with the Slovak Radio Orchestra under Maestro Kirk Trevor and a Piano Concerto by the award winning British composer Christopher Gunning (2003). Both recordings are released on Albany Records label. Olga Dudnik is the pianist in the London Piano Trio whilst maintaining a busy solo career.