Oleg began playing the balalaika at age 7 and later was educated at the renowned Yekaterinburg Conservatory, studying conducting as well as teaching balalaika. He is a protégé of Yevgeny Grigorovich Blinov (1925-2018), the foremost balalaika virtuoso of the Soviet Union, who performed the world over and added many beautiful pieces of music to the balalaika-piano duo repertoire. While in conservatory Oleg had the opportunity to perform with many types of ensembles, including an ethnic music singing group.
Oleg taught at the Irkutsk School of Music, Perm College of Music, and the Perm Institute of Culture. Since coming to the United States, he has given workshops with “Russian Duo” as part of their mission to share Russian culture and demonstrate the art of collaboration.
Oleg has performed as balalaika soloist with many Russian folk groups. From 1989 to 1991 he toured Moscow, St. Petersburg, Siberia, and Ukraine with the Urals State Folk Choir. For three years Oleg played with the band "Siberian Mosaic" touring the Irkutsk region of Siberia. Between 1993 and 1998 he traveled with the Urals Folk Ensemble "Prikamie" performing in France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Malta and Turkmenistan. Oleg has also appeared with the Russian folk instrument quartet "Golden Russia." He has participated in many iInternational festivals, among them the 1997 Folklore du Monde Festival de Bray-Dunes, France. He had the honor of performing at the United Nations soon after his arrival in the U.S.
In addition to his many talents, Oleg has also participated in theatre productions. He took the role of a cello-playing prisoner in the State Tumen Drama Theatre. He had a cameo appearance performing in Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” with the Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Academy, coaching the cast in Russian folk songs and choreography. Oleg moved to the United States in 1998 to become part of "Moscow Nights," touring extensively in Canada, Alaska, and 45 states in the continental United States. In 2007 he formed the “Russian Duo” with pianist Terry Boyarsky.
Oleg has been commissioned to create arrangements and compose music for Kulture Kids theater productions as well as Kevin Kammeraad/Cooperfly Puppets’ new album and video. In March 2016 he was invited to perform at Otterbein University's “Guitar and its Fretted Friends” Festival. Oleg was invited to perform at the "2016 International Day of the Balalaika" in Yekaterinburg, Russia and participated again in 2017. Oleg has four albums to his credit: one with his ensemble in Russia, one with “Moscow Nights,” and two with “Russian Duo.” He is available for balalaika lessons in person and on Skype.