Olga is a young a cappella singing group that approaches old traditions in a fresh way. She combines enthusiasm, humor, and drama with genuine vocal clarity to enrapture both young and old. Her repertoire covers more than five centuries of musical joy, and the ensemble is already known for her unique programs, in which moving classical music comes together with popular repertoire – from Medieval Icelandic drinking songs to nostalgic hits from your grandfathers day. The characteristic Olga sound blends all music into a compelling whole.
Olga Vocal Ensemble was founded in 2012 at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. All members of Olga completed their studies in classical singing there, under the guidance of the Icelandic tenor Jón Þorsteinsson.
With Dutch, Icelandic, and Russian singers, as well as music from many nationalities and genres, Olga is a truly international ensemble. She has already had countless successful concerts both in and out of the Netherlands. Tours to wild and craggy Iceland have been a regular fixture since the very beginning. In addition to this, the Olga boys recorded their first CD in 2014, received coaching with Paul Phoenix, former member of the King’s Singers, and adopted a red kettle as Olga’s mascot.
From Olga's web-page (June 14, 2016)
- Bjarni Guðmundsson - first tenor
- Jonathan Ploeg - second tenor
- Gulian van Nierop - baritone
- Pétur Oddbergur Heimisson - bass-baritone
- Philip Barkhudarov - bass
- Haraldur Eyjólfsson - second tenor
- Stefán Sigurjónsson - bass-baritone
- Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson, piano
From Olga's FaceBook-page (June 14, 2016)
|Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson||Píanóleikari|
|Pétur Oddbergur Heimisson||Söngvari||2012|
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