Born in Kazakhstan in 1983, Olga Gollej is most well-known for her chamber music performances with Trio Ecco (!), Trio Ex Aequo and the Leipziger Streichquartett. Her concerts on a C. Bechstein concert grand at the Berlin Philharmonic and the Gewandhaus Leipzig were a huge hit with the public.
Gollej had her first piano lesson at the age of five. Extraordinarily gifted, she was soon invited to study at the music academies in Leipzig and Würzburg, even before she had finished school. She then attended the Mozarteum in Salzburg and was accepted onto Peter Waas’s master class in Weimar in 2008. She won several prizes (Deutscher Musikrat, Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland), which opened the door to concert halls for her in many countries all over Europe, South America and the Middle East. As a chamber musician, she regularly performs with Ensemble Kontraste, the Leipziger Streichquartett and baritone Stephan Genz.
Trio Ecco (!), which Gollej formed with clarinetist Karl Leister and violoncellist Matthias Moosdorf in 2008, released their first CD in 2010 featuring pieces by Eberl, Kreutzer and Ries. Gollej has also recorded two CDs with the Leipziger Streichquartett on the MDG label. She has received a grant from the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now organization since 2010 and, in collaboration with Matthias Wilde, a member of the Staatskapelle Dresden, initiated the annual festival Anhaltische Kammermusiktage, which attracts major international musicians to the gardens of Dessau-Wörlitz every autumn. Since 2013, Gollej has also been running the Nuremberg International Gluck Opera Festival.
The duo she formed with violoncellist Simone Drescher in 2012 won the competitions Lions-Musikwettbewerb, GWK-Musikpreis and Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (a grant and a special prize awarded by the Musikleben Foundation).
Gollej, who owns a Bechstein grand, famously played a C. Bechstein concert grand in 2015 during her performances with Trio Ex Aequo at the Berlin Philharmonic and the Gewandhaus Leipzig.