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Composed 4 U with Olga Amelkina-Vera
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Olga Amelkina-Vera grew up in Belarus and moved to the United States in 1997. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Texas. Olga was a prizewinner in the Eastfield Collegiate Guitar competition and a finalist in the University of Texas at Dallas International Guitar Competition. An active performer and award-winning composer of works with guitar, she has received commissions for solo guitar and guitar ensemble music, as well as for compositions for guitar with other instruments and voice. She was the first prize winner of the Austin Classical Guitar Society Composition Competition in 2009 and 2012 for her guitar quartets Ninochka and Nebulae. Her compositions are published by Productions d’Oz, including two works selected for the Frank Koonce Series. In 2010, Olga became a founding member of Presti, the first professional all-women guitar ensemble in the United States. She maintains a busy touring schedule with Kithara Duo and Presti.
Olga strives to expand the guitar repertoire through arrangements and new compositions. Her interest in early music has led her to study and arrange, for guitar, the lyra viol music of seventeenth-century England. Olga’s scholarly articles have been published in Soundboard. Her other interests include fine arts, literature, and foreign languages. She is faculty at Collin College in Plano, TX, where she teaches guitar, composition, and music history. For more information, please visit and




To You, From Olga

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Fantasy on a Russian Theme, Score


Fantasy on a Russian Theme, Part 1


Fantasy on a Russian Theme, Part 2


Fantasy on a Russian Theme, Part 3


Fantasy on a Russian Theme, Part 4



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