Olga Volkova

Olga Volkova gave her first recital at the age of 7. At the age of 10, she made her symphony orchestra debut, performing Bruch’s First Violin Concert. By the age of 12, she had won several local, national and international competitions. At the invitation of Mstislav Rostrapovich, who granted her a scholarship of his foundation, she relocated from Vladivostok to Moscow and entered the Musical School of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in 2003. In 2009, she entered the Köln Musical High School where she studied under the supervision of Zakhar Bron and Barnabás Kelemen. In 2014, she also began to study at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels (class of Augustin Dumay). Olga Volkova was a grant recipient of the New Names Foundation, Russian Performing Arts Foundation, Vladimir Spivakov Foundation, Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation, and DOMS-Stiftung (Basel).

In 2016, Olga Volkova joined the Mariinsky Orchestra where she became the youngest concert master ever. She has appeared with Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Ziva, Joshua Weilerstein, Justus Frantz, Gustavo Dudamel, Seiji Ozawa, Daniele Gatti, Alexander Rudin, Maxim Vengerov, Eliso Virsaladze, Irina Bochkova, Vadim Repin, Saulius Sondeckis, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Joshua Bell, Olli Mustonen, Pinchas Zukerman, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Andrey Korobeynikov, Teodor Currentzis, and Itamar Golan among others. As a guest concert master, she appears with the North West German Philharmonic Orchestra, Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bonn Classical Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cologne Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Musica Aeterna, and Philharmonia of the Nations. As a coach, she gives workshops in Russia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Belgium. As the first violin, she performs with the Premier Quartet, previously known as the Mariinsky Soloists Quartet.

In September 2021, she became a concert master of the Mikhailovsky Theatre.
  • 1st Prize and all special prizes for the International Carl Nielsen Competition (Odense, 2012)
  • 2nd Prize for the 5th International Paganini Competition among Violinists (2007)
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