“He has an accomplished technique, a natural rapport with the orchestra and knows how to express his ideas and communicate effectively.”
“It certainly helps that Olsi Qinami understands bel canto tradition and idiom so well, deftly keeping the pace alive and yet allowing singers space for vocal embellishment and exhibition.”
Alexander Campbell, Classical Source
“Conducting a technically secure and musically alert London City Philharmonic Orchestra, Olsi Qinami’s no-nonsense approach built the scenes effectively, particularly the long trial scene leading to Filippo’s judgement.”
Claire Seymour, Opera Today
“His knowledge of my piano concerto was exceptional. He brought out details and colours which I had imagined when I composed the concerto.”
Fatos Lumani, Composer
Olsi Qinami is a conductor and pianist based in London. He is the founder and Conductor of London City Philharmonic and Music Director and Conductor at Hounslow Symphony Orchestra.
He and began playing the piano at the age of 6 in his native country Albania and studied with Iris Kapo, and later in the UK with Nigel Clayton professor at the London “Royal College of Music”.
Olsi has collaborated with many orchestras and soloists including soloists from the Vienna Philharmonic and orchestras such as: BBC Singers, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, London City Orchestra, National Opera of Albania (where he premiered Puccini Messa di Gloria), Orchestre Opera de Massy, Tirana Chamber Orchestra, University of Arts Philharmonic Orchestra of Albania & Macedonia National Opera Choir, London Thames Orchestra, The Amadeus and Chorus Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Versailles, Kammerphilharmonie Graz, Orchestra Giovanile di Genova and many others. In 2015 he was awarded the 2nd prize at the International Conducting Competition with the London Classical Soloists.
Olsi studied conducting and piano at the “Academy of Arts” in Albania with Bujar Llapaj & Petrika Afezolli. He continued his Conducting Studies in France with Dominique Rouits at the Paris Conservatoire “Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris” and also with Paavo Jarvi at the "Jarvi Conducting Academy", Riccardo Muti at the "Riccardo Muti Opera Academy" with Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini, "Orkney Advance Conducting Course" with Alexander Vedernikov & Charles Peebles conducting the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the BBC Singers and "the Royal Northern College of Music Advanced Conducting Masterclasses" with Mark Heron. He also studied with, Jorma Panula, Peter Stark, Howard Williams and others.
As a piano accompanist, Olsi has worked with many ensembles, solo instrumentalist and singers in concerts and auditions. Also as a piano teacher, Olsi has taught many pupils in the UK.