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Gail Olszewski

Gail Olszewski, piano

Gail Olszewski has been heard in solo and chamber recitals on piano, fortepiano, harpsichord, organ, harmonium, celesta and synthesizer in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America and Australia.  She is often sought out as a vocal coach and has performed in concert with many singers in the US and Canada.  Dr. Olszewski lives in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area where she has a varied free-lance career as a collaborative keyboardist, concertizing with members of the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Music St. Croix, among others. She has played harpsichord and organ continuo for such groups as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Phipps Oratorio Society, Minnesota Sinfonia and Minnetonka Chorale and has played synthesizer with the Plymouth Music Series, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Buffalo Gal Productions.

She has served as music director, rehearsal and show pianist for Ordway Productions, Nautilus Music Theater, Illusion Theater, Minnesota Opera and Duluth Festival Opera. Dr. Olszewski is a founding member of The WolfGang (, dedicated to authentic instrument performance of music of the Classic period and Duo Tastiera with harpsichordist and composer Asako Hirabayashi.  She has recorded with Borealis Brass, The WolfGang and Duo Tastiera.

Dr. Olszewski has presented master classes and lecture/recitals on women musicians and their music, chamber music, ornamentation, Classical performance practices and the history of keyboard instruments to many schools, symposia and professional organizations and has had review articles published in the journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music.  She holds the degrees Doctor of Musical Arts in Accompanying and Coaching from the University of Minnesota, Master of Music in Piano Performance from Boston University and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Music History/Harpsichord Performance from the University of New Hampshire.  Dr. Olszewski is a member of the keyboard faculties of the University of Wisconsin/River Falls and MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

We welcome Gail Olszewski to her third appearance on the Historical Piano Concerts series.

For further information, please visit Dr. Olszewski’s website,