Described as a “master of the magical art of rubato” (Hamburger Abendblatt) and as a “magician on the piano” (Mannheimer Morgen), Olga Zado touches audiences and critics around the world with her deep poetic musicianship and sparkling electrifying technique. As a highly gifted child Olga gave her first solo recitals and performances with orchestras from the early age of 7, making her international debut at the Kulturcasino Bern (age 12). Since then she performed as a soloist at major European concert venues, such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Philharmonie at the Gasteig Munich, the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, the Mozarteum Salzburg, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, the Meistersingerhalle Nuremberg, the Berner Kulturcasino, the Brucknerhaus Linz, the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, the Teatro Comunale Ponchielli di Cremona, the Teatro Filarmónica de Oviedo. Among others, as a soloist she worked with orchestras such as the Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra, the Mannheim Philharmonic, the Lower Silesian and Rzeszow Philharmonic Orchestras, the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, the Kiev and Odessa Symphony Orchestras and the Kosovo Philharmonic.
Olga Zado is also passionately dedicated to chamber music and is the artistic director of the chamber music series “FinestClassics” in Mannheim, Germany. Among others, she has worked with partners such as Jerusalem Quartet, Sharon Kam, Johannes Moser, Amihai Grosz, Boris Brovtsyn, Claudio Bohorquez, Inon Barnatan, Nitzan Haroz and Antonio Meneses. She won numerous international competitions and received grants from many major foundations.
Born in Odessa, (Ukraine) Olga Zado received her musical education at the renown Stolyarsky Special Music School for young prodigies in the piano tradition of Heinrich Neuhaus. After continuing her musical studies with Mihaela Ursuleasa at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Bern, she received further important musical impulses from Leon Fleisher, Arcadi Volodos, Pavel Gililov, Jacques Rouvier, Bernd Glemser and especially from Sergei Babayan with whom she has a long term artistic and personal friendship. Olga Zado is a Steinway artist.
21 Oct 2023 /
Wroclaw, Poland. White Stork Synagogue
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Berlin, Germany. Piano Salon Christophori
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The Ukrainian pianist Olga Zado enchants in the Elbphilharmonie with Schumann’s Piano Concerto. Performances of romantic works are very much based on what musicians call “Rubato”: in this magical art, Olga Zado is a master, as was to be admired in the Great Hall of the Elbphilharmonie. For the beautiful theme from Schumann’s Piano Concerto, Zado hesitated for an exciting split second before releasing the tension of the melody for the first time. A magical moment that irresistibly gently draws listeners into the spell of music
On Tuesday evening, this room and every ear in the Brucknerhaus in Linz belonged to Olga Zado. The words are followed by a concert that was technically and interpretatively flawless, but received a special, painful overtone due to the accompanying circumstances. Olga Zado initially surprises with the energy that she transfers from her filigree, delicate body to the grand piano. She values every note in her head, every attack, every tone. That attention grabs as she plays works by Ukrainian contemporaries Borys Lyatoshynskyi and Mykola Lysenko. Here, the melancholy of the Ukrainian soul is exposed with every note. An evening full of painful beauty
Anyone who finally hears the demonic minor shallows from Olga Zado’s hand wants to think: Beauty looks different. However, this raw, wild, daredevil material is impressive without a doubt. And it leaves its mark
The maturity with which the soloist Olga Zado already plays, is surpassed only by her sensitivity for expression and phrasing. The music seems to flow right through her. It lives and breathes under her hands, comes alive and can be experienced in its immediacy. Technically impressive, emotionally captivating – one could have listened to her forever!
Her playing left nothing to be desired in terms of brilliance … Of course, her creative presence was particularly impressive. After all, she knew – not a matter of course – how to make the keyboard instrument sing
Chopin, meanwhile, makes her soul vibrate, and her piano playing is correspondingly attractive. In it she combines nobility, taste, poetic feeling and excellent playing technique. … It is pure joy to listen to such a remarkable artist as Olga Zado, who puts balanced emotions and elegance as well as a lot of precisely controlled, pianistic fireworks in her Chopin visions
Anyone who listens to Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” trio in the Musensaal of a Mannheim’s Rosengarten hears above all: enthusiasm. Pianist Olga Zado, with cellist Johannes Moser and Sharon Kam at the clarinet show: three musicians also function as a unit in interaction. This playful Mozart per se may be subscribed above all to cheerfulness – just as Kam, Zado and Moser make it, even the joy gets a greatness that can be described as sublime
Besides her activity as a soloist, Olga Zado is also a very passionate chamber musician. She is the founder and artistic director of “FinestClassics”, chamber music series based in Mannheim, Germany. From the first season on, some of the finest musicians such as Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Arcadi Volodos, Amihai Grosz, the Jerusalem Quartet, Sharon Kam, Inon Barnatan, Boris Brovtsyn, Claudio Bohorquez, Johannes Moser and many more are a part of this exciting musical journey.
Regardless of life circumstances, live music truly has an incredible power to comfort the human soul, when it needs it the most. Believing in uniting and healing power of music, Olga Zado is conscious about her responsibilities as an artist and is very active in organizing charity concerts for audiences with special needs. Since over a decade she performs Europe-wide for audiences with Down Syndrome, Autism, children and grownups in hospices, hospitals etc. The OZ Foundation follows the goal to make live classical music accessible for everyone, independently from their current mental and physical state.
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