String Division, violin/viola
Olga Taimanov began her musical studies on violin and viola as a native of Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she attended the Special Music School for Gifted Children. She has a Master of Music degree from the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia and an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Ms.Taimanov has held numerous orchestra positions in Russia and Israel, including Principal Violist of both the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra “Mozarteum” and State Symphony Orchestra “Klassika”, and Associate Principal Viola of the Israel Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra.
Ms.Taimanov also performed with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under world famed conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Yuri Temirkanov, Lorin Mazel, Mariss Jansons and many others.
Ms.Taimanov has extensive chamber music experience and has performed at international chamber music festivals in Israel, Germany, Russia and Switzerland. After coming to the United States. Ms. Taimanov’s piano trio won the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition in 2001.In 2002 she was nominated for the National All-American Scholar Collegiate Award.
As a resident of Pittsburgh, Ms.Taimanov has performed extensively with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Theatre and Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra and Associate member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio State.
Currently Ms.Taimanov devotes the majority of her time teaching violin and viola students. She is a faculty member of the Carnegie Mellon University Preparatory School, and Johnstonbaugh’s Music center, the positions she has held since 2005.
Ms.Taimanov is a faculty member of International Music Festival “Interharmony”.