Olga Watts

Born in Moscow, Olga Watts graduated in piano and musicology in the music department at the Conservatory in her home city, later studying harpsichord, fortepiano and basso continuo at the Munich Academy of Music with Lars Ulrik Mortensen and Christine Schornsheim. In 1998 she graduated with distinction and in 2003 received her master class diploma. She attended master classes with Menno van Delft and Bob van Asperen. Inspiring her further were her collaborations with celebrities such as Reinhard Goebel, Franz Brüggen, Thomas Hengelbrock, Giovanni Antonini, Alessandro de Marchi, Sergio Azzolini, Andreas Scholl, Maurice Steger, Dorothee Oberlinger, Vittorio Ghielmi and Albrecht Mayer. In 1997 she was distinguished with the first prize as newcomer in the field of historical performance practice in Bavaria. With her ensemble “Lyriarte” she won second prize in two competitions for historical instruments: “Premio Bonporti” in Rovereto (Italy) and the Johann Heinrich Schmelzer Competition in Melk (Austria.)

Since then she has been lauded as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts in Europe, Australia, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.  She has appeared as a soloist and chamber music ensemble member at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Lucerne Festival, at the Dresden Festival, the Ansbach Bachwochen, the Herrencheimsee and Bad Arolsen Festivals, the Berlin Tage der Alten Music, the Herne Tage Alter Music, the Thuringia Bachwochen, the International Organ Festival in Nuremberg, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Mitte Europa Festival  and the Beijing Music Festival. Olga Watts is a much sought-after specialist in the basso continuo repertoire: she was heard as harpsichord accompanist at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig and several times at the ARD Competition (German First Radio Programme) in Munich. Moreover she has demonstrated her skills on several CD productions and in radio recordings. For twelve years Olga Watts was lecturer in répétiteur studies in historical performance practice at the Munich Academy of Music and Theatre; since 2010 she has worked as harpsichord coach at the Salzburg Mozarteum University. In 2021 Olga Watts is appearing for the first time at the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival.

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