Igor Olovnikov – the People's artist of Belarus, laureate of the State Prize of Belarus, professor of the Belarusian State Academy of Music.
Music education got in the Secondary Specialized Central Music School of the Belarusian State Conservatoire (class of the honored artist, professor I.Tsvetaeva), Moscow State P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatoire (piano class of professor Y.Flier and organ class of professor L.Roizman and also got his postgraduate course under professor M.Voskresensky.
Has begun the concert activity in an early age. I.Olovnikov successfully goes on tours around Belarus and abroad. Performs with solo piano and organ concerts and in chamber ensembles with famous soloist –instrumentalists, and also with Symphony and Chamber orchestras. He is an author of some organ and piano transcriptions of Bach's, Bram's, Rachmaninoff's, Tchaikovsky's works, ballet and orchestra music of Belarusian composers. Carries out a great of musical and educational work. More than twenty-five years is engaged in teaching activity. Successfully holds master classes for young pianists from Japan, Taiwan and other countries.
From 1987 to 1993 he was a head of the Special Piano Department of the Belarusian State Academy of Music. Since 1993 – professor of the Academy. Among his students are winners and laureates of international competitions.
Igor Olovnikov is a chairman of the jury of the international piano competitions in Belarus, a jury member on the competitions in other countries. Since 1996 he is a vice-president of the Belarusian Association of teachers of piano (BelERTA).