Adjunct Faculty in Piano
847.925.6000 Ext. 3531
Building P, Room 206
Professor Bornovalova received her M.M. and D.M. in Piano Performance at the Gorky Conservatory of Music in Russia. She studied with two distinguished pianists: Sofia Polyakova and the nationally renowned Isaac Katz. Both mentors were graduates of the famous Moskow conservatory, representing the great "Russian traditions" of piano playing. While in Russia, Olga was active as a teacher, lecturer and performer. Formerly a Head of a piano department at the local music school, she was an adjudicator for various piano competitions and was also active as a clinician. She gave numerous concerts throughout former USSR, performed with Gorky Chamber Orchestra and appeared on public radio and TV station.
Mrs. Bornovalova and her family moved to the USA in 1992. Since then, she continues her career as a performer and teacher. Residing in Jacksonville, Florida, she was a faculty member at the University of North Florida. Professor Bornovalova has toured the United States several times, playing solo and collaborative recitals for the various concert series. She toured Puerto Rico with the "Lyric Theatre Group" and performed with internationally renowned tenor William Brown, she was a member of the "Amadeus" Piano Trio and appeared as a solo and duo pianist at WJCT Stereo 90.
After relocating to the Chicago area in 2000, Professor Bornovalova continues her performing and teaching career. She is currently on the faculty at the College of Lake County, Harper College, and the Adler Music Institute. She also maintains her private studio of which many of her students have won various competitions.
In 2005 through 2007, Professor Bornovalova was an artist in residence at the Illinois Art Council. She gave numerous solo and collaborative recitals in the Chicagoland area and appeared on WFMT in 2010.