Olya is a multi-faceted performer incorporating her many years of music and dance studies. She began singing at age 5 in her church choir, at 6 began ballet and Ukrainian dance, by 7 Olya was taking piano lessons. In elementary school Olya was introduced to the flute, joining every school musical production, choir & band, then fell in love with the bandura (the 58 stringed national instrument of Ukraine) and she's been singing, playing and entertaining ever since!
Ukrainians around the world have been enjoying Olya's music. An accomplished vocalist and bandura instrumentalist Olya has been entertaining audiences for
over 20 years. As a first generation Ukrainian-American, Olya’s contemporary musical interpretations preserve her love for traditional Ukrainian song.
Olya has to her credit 4 very popular Ukrainian albums: "Shcho za hamir", "Zaprosy u sny", Zhadaj" and "Ukrainian lullabies"
Growing up in NYC, Olya is known by many for her various performances and recordings with the Homin Stepiv Bandura Ensemble, the New York Bandura Ensemble’s original NY School of Bandura, the Promin Vocal ensemble, pianist Andrij Stasiw and several wedding bands. Olya emerged as a solo vocalist who set out to develop her music creatively and instinctively to reflect traditional Ukrainian concepts with individualized arrangements and flair.
Olya’s performance credits include seminars at elementary schools, various fundraising events (especially CCRF), concerts and festivals throughout the United States and Canada including the “Razom Festival” in Edmonton, Canada, Liberty State Park Celebrations in NYC, Lincoln Center, Verkhovyna Festival in Glen Spey NY,
cabarets in Chicago, Detroit, Soyuzivka, NY and the United Nations International Citizens World Music Concert.
Olya’s talent, enthusiasm and spirit add another dimension to the world of Ukrainian music, which has been her love forever!