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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, Australia and Canada.  Gail 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 and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, 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.  

Gail 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 is a member of the Stillwater, MN-based chamber orchestra, Music St. Croix (  She has recorded with Borealis Brass (, The WolfGang and Duo Tastiera.  Gail has presented master classes and lecture/recitals on women musicians and their music, chamber music, ornamentation, Classical performance practices, Finnish piano music 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.  Gail is a member of the keyboard faculty of MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she teaches private piano, harpsichord and coaches singers, instrumentalists and chamber ensembles.  

This is Dr. Olszewski’s sixth Historical Piano Concerts performance.

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