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Olga Watts


Olga Watts

Russian harpsichordist Olga Watts is a chamber music specialist in thorough bass performance. Resident in Germany for the past eighteen years, she has worked with many leading European Baroque specialists including Reinhard Goebel, Frans Bruggen, Thomas Hengelbrock, Andreas Scholl, Giovanni Antonini and Lars Ulrik Mortensen. She records regularly for Bavarian Radio, and has also recorded for Southwest German and North German Radio, both as soloist and chamber musician.
As top scholar of the music high school at the Moscow Conservatorium, Olga then proceeded to study piano and musicology at the Moscow Conservatorium before going to Munich to study harpsichord and thorough bass with Professors Lars Ulrik Mortensen and Christine Schornsheim. In 1997 she was awarded first prize for the most talented artist in the category early music performance in Bavaria, Germany. During her studies, Olga also attended masterclasses with Menno van Delft and Bob van Asperen. She received her diploma with distinction in 1998 and completed her Masters degree in 2003.
Olga Watts is a much sought-after accompanist, for example as official accompanist for at the International ARD (German Radio) Competition and the Leipzig Bach Competition. She works also as harpsichord accompanist at the High School of Music and Theatre in Munich and the University Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Together with her ensemble Lyriarte founded in 2000, she has won numerous prizes at various competitions in Germany, Italy and Austria and toured through Europe to much critical acclaim. A CD with rarely heard sonatas by Francesco Maria Veracini and Francesco Saverio Geminiani recorded by Bavarian Radio was released in 2004, and a new CD with Lyriarte with works by Antonio and Francesco Maria Veracini, and the Corelli sonatas Opus 5 with recorder player Stefan Temmingh. Her last CD production “Gentleman’s flute” was nominated for the International Classic Music Awards (MIDEM) in 2010.

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