Born in Ukraine, she studied piano and music teaching in her home city of Rivne and vocal studies at the Kiev Conservatory. In 1992, during her post-graduate studies at Warsaw’s Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music she made her operatic debut at the Warsaw Chamber Opera and four years later on the boards of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris (in the role of Pamina), which launched her international career. Her repertoire includes over 40 roles from operas by among others Monteverdi, Gluck, Handel, Mozart, Weber, Bizet, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Debussy, Tchaikovsky as well as contemporary composers which have won her both critical and public acclaim.
She also gives chamber performances and recitals, accompanied on piano by her sister Natalya Pasichnyk and appears in numerous oratorio and symphonic concerts throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan and Australia. She has won acclaim performing in many
famous concert halls and opera houses like Opéra Bastille, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel, Concertgebouw, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Auditorio Nacional de Música, Teatro Real, Bayerische Staatsoper, Wiener Konzerthaus, Theater an der Wien, Lincoln Center, Suntory Hall, Flemish Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève and the National Operas of Warsaw and Helsinki.
She has performed regularly with orchestras of the Warsaw Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic of Russia, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, Wiener Symphoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and the Orchestre National de Belgique and with the majority of European period instrument orchestras including Das Neue Orchester, Concerto Köln, The English Concert, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, Orchestre Colonne, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Freiburger Barockorchester and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century as well as the ensembles Concerto Vocale and Collegium Vocale Gent. She has sung under the baton of such maestros as Harry Bicket, Ivor Bolton, Frans Brüggen, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Marcus Creed, Paul McCreesh, René Jacobs, Roy Goodman, Heinz Holliger, Philippe Herreweghe, Kazimierz Kord, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Alessandro de Marchi, Marc Minkowski, John Nelson, Peter Neumann, Kazushi Ono, Sakari Oramo, Andrew Parrott, Krzysztof Penderecki, Trevor Pinnock, Marc Soustrot, Andreas Spering, Christoph Spering, Marcello Viotti, Antoni Wit and Massimo Zanetti.
Olga Pasichnyk is a prizewinner of international vocal competitions – ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands (II Prize, 1994), the Mirjam Helin in Helsinki (II Prize, 1999) and the Queen Elizabeth in Brussels (III Prize, the Oratorio Music Special Award and the Audience Award, 2000). Her awards of distinction in Poland include – the “Polityka” magazine’s “Passport” (1997), the Polish recording industry’s “Fryderyk” for best solo recordings in 1997 and 2004 (Szymanowski’s Kurpie Songs and Lutosławski’s Chantefleure et Chantefables), Warsaw Autumn Festival’s “Orfeusz” award (1999), the Gold Cross of Merit (2001) and the Andrzej Hiolski Award (2004) for the best female operatic role (the title role of Debussy’s Pelleas and Melisande, Grand Theatre – Polish National Opera). In 2005 and 2010 she was nominated by the international opera magazine “Operwelt” for “The Artistic
Season’s Best Singer” title for her roles of Almirena (Handel’s Rinaldo) and Roxana (Szymanowski’s King Roger). In 2006 she also received an award at the Opernfestspiele
in Munich, in 2007 – the Cyprian Kamil Norwid Award and in 2011 – the annual Award of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Her recording portfolio comprises over 50 CDs and DVDs, recorded among others for Dabringhaus und Grimm, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Opus 111 and CD Accord.