Dr. Olga Harris

Music Composition

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Dr. Olga Harris was born in Moscow, Russia.  She began to write music as a child.  She graduated from Ukraine College with a degree in Piano and received her Master degree as a composer for Moscow Conservatory and a Doctorate from Moscow Arts Academy.  She studied composition for three years with the famous Composer Aram Khachaturian.  She was his last student.

Dr. Harris specializes in Chamber Music and has composed three symphonies, Piano Concerto, two Quartets, four Sonatas for piano, clarinet, violin and cello, two cantatas, five vocal cycles, many songs and over 600 pieces for piano and chamber instruments.  She has also written music for two animated movies and music for Drama Theater and TV.  Her music was performed at many festivals and concerts, such as Moscow Autumn in Russia, Russian Avant garde in Heidelberg, Germany. She has many concerts in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Kiev, Riga, Germany, Spain and France.

In 1993 she moved to the United States where she continued her music career as a composer and pianist.  She has performed a number of recitals including solo and with singers, Boris Burdin, Ludmila Korgavina, and Larisa Kholodnaya.  She has lectured at Limestone College about Russian Music and performed at International Festival in Colombia, SC.

Dr. Harris is actively composing music in America.   She has composed over one thousand pieces for piano designed for her method of teaching piano .  She is teaching piano and music composition with her own method of teaching She continues to compose chamber music.  Her music has been performed after moving to America in Aspen, Colorado, Interlochen, Michigan, Purchase, New York, Hamburg and Munich, Germany, Moscow, Russia and Nashville, Tennessee.

Her future plans include a solo recital and Master Class at New York University, recitals with Simon Grinberg in Dallas, Texas and New York, New York, a recital with Larisa Kholodnay in St. Petersburg, Florida and two International festivals in Moscow, Russia.

Contact Dr. Harris
PA 278, (615) 963-7784


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