Olga Kotlyarova was born in Moscow. She began to play the piano at the age of four. She graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory (piano class of Ekaterina Murina), where she began to study the organ and harpsichord (classes of Tatiana Chausova and Ivan Rozanov). А prize-winner at the Serebryakov All-Russian Piano Competition (Volgograd, 1996; 1st prize), the Beethoven Chamber Ensembles’ Competition (St Petersburg, 2001; 2nd prize), the Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition (Kaliningrad, 2003; Hope of the Fatherland special prize), the International Piano Competition Emmanuel Durlet (Antwerp, 2005; 1st prize) and the Austrian Baroque Academy competition (Gmunden, 2005; 2nd prize).
Has trained as a pianist under Dmitri Novgorodsky, Włodzimierz Obidowicz and Stefan Bojsten, as an organist under Pieter van Dijk, Jan Raas, Jacques van Oortmerssen, Leo van Doeselaar, Jon Laukvik, Martin Haselböck, Martin Sander, Alexander Fiseysky and a harpsichord player under Jacques Ogg, Jory Vinicour.
Member of the Board of the Interregional Union of Concert Workers and lead soloist with the St Petersburg Concert. Collaborated with such conductors as Sergei Skripka, Sergei Stadler, Eduard Serov, Arkady Steinlucht, Alexander Anisimov, Ertuğ Korkmaz, Fabio Mastrangelo, Ilya Ioff, Nazar Kozhukhar and Nikolai Kornev. Has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, de Singel in Antwerp, the Concert Hall of the Royal Library in Brussels, Riga Cathedral, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, the St Petersburg State Capella, the St Petersburg Philharmonia, Smolny Cathedral. Her extensive repertoire includes works from various styles and artistic movements from the 15th to the 21st centuries.
Has created numerous theatrical productions including Secrets of an Old Mansion, A Musical Journey into the World of Fairy-Tales and Christmas Traditions of the Kochneva House among others.
Has recorded three solo CDs.
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