The Russian-born pianist, Oleg Volkov, began his musical studies at the age of 7, studying in Russian music schools, where he graduated with honours. His studies continued at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, entering in 1977, where he studied piano with Victor Merzhanov. After his graduation, with honours, in 1982, he continued his postgraduate studies with Victor Merzhanov, earning a DMA in 1987 with an honours diploma. After his graduation, Volkov was appointed to the position of assistant professor to Victor Merzhanov, where he continued to teach until his departure for the USA in December 1990. Volkov won five international competitions throughout the world. He was second to Marc Raubenheimer at the 1982 Paloma O'Shea Competition.
Since settling in the USA, Oleg Volkov has gained critical and popular acclaim as a concert artist. He has appeared in concerts in major cities throughout the USA, both as a solo artist and playing concertos with principal orchestras. Volkov has also presented concerts in his native Russia, as well as in Spain, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Chile and Japan. In the concert world, both here in the USA and abroad, Volkov enjoys the reputation of a premiere concert artist.
Oleg Volkov has recorded music for Music Corporation of America (MCA), Melodiya (USSR), Fontec (Japan), and Brioso RecordingsUSA. He has six CD’s on the Brioso label.
"Throughout this recording (Brioso) Oleg Volkov displays his usual deft pianistic and technical skills. He makes about the best case imaginable for the lesser pieces and is an excellent interpreter of the highly individual Scriabin preludes and sonata, capturing the mystical and intense nature of the latter piece with keen insight." - Classical Net, CD ReviewsRachmaninov transcriptions (Brioso) are full of color and sparkle, full of subtle shadings and impressive virtuosity. Ditto for the Liszt Gnomenreigen. And his Scriabin, as on the other disc, is compellingly rendered." - Classical Net, CD Reviews
"...this is one of the best recordings (Brioso) of this (Dmitri Shostakovich) concerto on the market" Fanfare (May/June 1996)
"Mr. Volkov is one of the most promising... pianists." - NetRadio with Bill Parker - Spotlight CD of the Week, (May 25-31,1997)