Olga Paliy is a Ukrainian pianist successfully combining performance and research in her musical career.

Giving her first solo recital at the age of thirteen Olga received her musical education in the Ukraine and the UK. She became a graduate of Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in Kiev in 2006 under the tutelage of Valery Kozlov, where she was selected for a Presidential Scholarship, as well as Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester in 2009 and 2011, as a student of Norma Fisher.

After successful graduation with distinction as a performer Olga was awarded a place in PhD program at the RNCM in 2014 under the primary supervision of David Horne. In her research Olga concentrates on Russian composer Sergey Taneyev and the way he influenced his contemporaries with further exploration of the practice and performance strategies.

Olga’s appearances in numerous international piano competitions led her to winning the top prizes in Ragusa-Ibla International Music Competition (Italy, 1997), The Art of 20th Century, (Italy, 1998), The Art of Accompaniment (Ukraine, 2004), The Emmanuel Prize (UK, 2009) and Sussex International Piano Competition (UK, 2014).

Olga gave her orchestral debut in 2002 performing Bethoveen’s Third Piano Concerto with Kiev State Symphony Orchestra as a part of Kiev Music Summer Academy. Since then she has worked extensively with Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, Dnepropetrovsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Beethoven Orchestra and Worthing Symphony Orchestra engaging her audience with concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Ravel and Prokofiev. Olga has been also appearing widely as a recitalist and chamber musician in major venues in the UK, Italy, Russia and Ukraine interpreting wide range of repertoire, from Bach and Scarlatti to Carl Vine and James MacMillan.

Olga is grateful for the experience of working with distinguished pianists, such as Arie Vardi, Michel Beroff, Anton Voight, Charles Rosen, Stephen Hough, Angela Hewitt, Michel Dalberto, Nelson Goerner, Garrick Ohlsson and Jerome Rose. She also acknowledges the generous support from the RNCM, Yamaha Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, Stanley Picker Trust and MMU Conference Fund in helping to establish her musical career.

Olga’s future engagements include collaboration with the conductor John Gibbons and Worthing Symphony Orchestra (UK, February 2017), and recital at the Latvian Radio with live broadcast (Riga, Latvia, October 2016). As a researcher Olga will be focusing on one-day conference on Taneyev and his adherents, organized at the RNCM in November 2016 as a part of her PhD program. Initiating this event Olga will act as a performer, lecture-recitalist and teacher, giving a public master class to the selected RNCM students.




Away from the piano Olga is a passionate singer and traveller.