OLLA Rhapsody Violin Duo
Strings Attached is a project that revolves around the OLLA Rhapsody, a versatile violin duo playing classical, popular, and folk music. As the team consists of European musicians, its music and style show their rich Italian and Ukrainian music heritage. However, OLLA is based in NY, so their repertoire also reflects their passion for traditional American music. The duo is dynamic and entertaining, with the two violins blending in a unique, heartfelt voice.
About the Artists
OLLA Rhapsody Violin Duo stands for OLga&LAura, two European violinists in NY who share their passion for strings chamber music. Ms. Olga Tymchenko and Ms. Laura Giannini met in 2015 in the Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra and then founded OLLA at the beginning of 2019. Their cultural and violinistic backgrounds – Ukrainian and Italian – have led them to an almost instantaneous connection. OLLA’s repertoire ranges from standard classical to contemporary and cross-over, exploring pieces influenced by jazz and folk. The duo is also committed to discovering and interpreting modern and less-known music, especially by composers from their countries of origin.
OLLA Rhapsody, in which Ms. Giannini and Ms. Tymchenko alternate on first and second violin, performed at various events and venues, including the Chashama Art Space in Chelsea, the Diamond Gala of A Free Bird Organization, and the Queens Central Library concert series “Enrich Your Life.” The duo can also be heard on all streaming platforms in recordings of music by Viotti and various American composers.
Laura Giannini, awarded in duo and piano trio competitions, has performed at renowned venues across Europe, Asia, and the US, including Carnegie Hall, Shinmin Art Center, Yuanlin Performance Hall, Die Glocke, Temple du Foyer de l’Âme, and Auditorium Parco della Musica. Olga Tymchenko, trained in the Russian tradition of violin playing, won her first violin competition for young artists in Kyiv at age eight and, since then, has been touring and performing in Ukraine, Russia, and the US.
For more information on OLLA Rhapsody, visit their website.