Olga Mishula

Olga Mishula was born into a family of professional musicians. She began to take Cimbaly lessons at the age of seven in the special music department at the Academy of Music in Minsk (class of T.Sergeenko).During her school years (1987 -1992) she participated in two National and one International competition of folk musicians and won two Second and one First Prize.In 1996 Olga moved to Munich with a scholarship from DAAD and began to study the Hackbrett. In 1997 Olga won the first prize in the Conservatory Competition for Kulturkreis Gasteig. The following year Olga won the Second Prize at the Competition of Modern Music in Munich. She has performed on the dulcimer festivals in Germany, China, Belgium, at the Cimbalom International Congresses in Slovakia and Whiterussia. 1997 the Bayerischer Rundfunk produced a very detailed portrait of her.A year later, the dutch Foreign Film Company produced a TV program about Olga Mishula in Leeuwarden (Netherlands).She has given solo concerts in Germany, Italy, San Marino, Malta, the Netherlands and performed with some of the most important orchestras in Germany, including the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, BerlinRadio Symphony Orchestra under conductors such as Kent Nagano and Kurt Masur.Olga participated in numerous classical music projects in Switzerland and Germany including composers Daniel Ott and Jšrg Widmann. Besides the whiterussian Cimbaly Olga plays the italian Salterio, the hungarian Cimbalom and the austrian Hackbrett.In the year 2009 she founded the ethno-jazz group ÒCity M.Ó together with her brother Stepan Mishula. Her repertoire includes compositions of the baroque, classic, romantic epoch, modern music and jazz. Her own compositions can be heard on the current CD "City M."