Olga Vocal Ensemble creates musical joy – a joy she wants to share with the world. These five young men stand ready to conquer every heart with their powerful, clear voices, and charismatic presentation.
Olga is a young a cappella singing group that approaches old traditions in a fresh way. She combines enthusiasm, humor, and drama with genuine vocal clarity to enrapture both young and old. Her repertoire covers a thousand years of musical joy, and the ensemble is already known for her unique programs, in which moving classical music comes together with popular repertoire – from medieval Icelandic drinking songs to nostalgic hits from your grandfather’s day. The characteristic sound of Olga blends all music into a compelling whole.
Olga Vocal Ensemble was founded in 2012 at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. With Dutch, Icelandic, English, and Russian singers, and music from many nationalities and genres, she is a truly international ensemble. She has already had countless successful concerts both in and out of the Netherlands, including a month-long tour of the United States in 2017. Tours to wild and craggy Iceland have been a regular fixture since the very beginning. After offering an invitation on Icelandic national television, the ensemble once sang for 13 women named Olga together in one concert hall. In addition to this, the Olga boys recorded their first CD in 2014, their second CD in 2016, were coached by former King’s Singer Paul Phoenix, and adopted a red kettle as Olga’s mascot.
Here’s a nice quote about Olga by Paul Phoenix:
“In October 2014 I had the pleasure of spending three days working with Olga Vocal Ensemble at the Utrecht Music Conservatorium. Amongst many ensembles I’ve coached and worked with around the world, Olga stands out as a group performing to the highest standards and having great potential for the future. I love their style, their humour and spirit, as well as the unique sound which stems from their Icelandic roots and their love of folk music. See them in concert, listen to their recordings and be charmed by their wit!”