Olivia Skwara・Piano

Born in Gdansk, Poland, into a family of musicians, Olivia gave her first public performance at the age of seven. Three years later she made her concerto debut, performing with the Polish Youth Orchestra.

Olivia studied in Moscow under legendary Lev Naumov, who was nicknamed the “Godfather of the Russian piano school”, at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire and graduated with honours in 2002. She was certified as a piano performer, piano teacher, accompanist and chamber ensemble artist.

Two years later, in 2004, she completed her master’s degree in music. Olivia is a winner of multiple piano competitions in Poland, Italy and Germany. She performed piano recitals and played as a soloist with symphony orchestras in Poland, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, UK, Hong Kong, China, Australia and the United States. She appeared with renowned conductors including Zygmunt Rychert, Tomasz Chmiel, Grzegorz Sutt, Ovidiu Balan, Mikhail Scherbakov and many others. Her live recordings have been broadcast by Polish, Russian and American TV and radio.

She was invited to participate in the International Piano Festivals “Musical Floralia – Music in Flowers” in Warsaw in 2004 and 2005.

Olivia combines a busy performing career with a passion for teaching. She was a professor at universities in China and at the Ngai Lam College in Hong Kong for several years, as well as at the Windsor Piano School in Windsor, Berkshire. In 2008, she gave masterclasses at the International Jakarta Music Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Currently, Olivia lives in London and balances a career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. In July 2016 she was a member of the Jury panel at the 2nd Windsor International Piano Competition.

Olivia Skwara Piano teacher Creative Chords