"In my seven years of teaching at KUG University in Graz, Austria I had the opportunity of working with some very talented students. One name that comes to my mind immediately is Oleg Markov, a musician who also plays drums. When I performed my first concert with the KUG Jazz Orchestra, Oleg was playing drums and he knocked me out with his sensitivity, many drummers don’t have that ability especially younger players. We played together some other times when I was playing piano and he was a joy to work with, made me look good. I have nothing but the highest praise for Oleg."
Grammy Winning Producer/Composer/Arranger/Educator
Drummer and composer Oleg Markov, born in 1990, studied at the Institute of Music Glier in Kiev, Ukraine, and at the KUG University in Graz, Austria. While living in Kiev he was a member of the "Kiev Big Band" and other combo bands where he performed with AiR like: Curtis Fuller, Frank Lacy, James Spaulding, Larry Willis, Gregory Porter, Alex Sipiagin, Essiet Essiet, Don Friedman and others. After studies in Kiev, Oleg moved to Graz where he received his bachelor and master degree. While living in Graz, he was asked to record some albums, he won many diffrent competitions and got a chance to perform with such musicians like: Stjepko Gut, Jim Rotondi, Dena De Rose, Robert Bargad, Renato Chicco, Don Menza, Luis Bonilla, Kevin Mahogany, Bobby Shew and others. Oleg is currently working as a professor for drums and rhythm training at the KMAM R.M.Glier in Kiev, Ukraine and continues to perform all over the world.
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
2018 - Winner of the special prizes with "The Coquette Jazz Band" on the Jazzshowcase in Budapest, Hungary.
2017 - Winner of the 1st prize as the best ensemble with "Nexus LineUp", album recording and promotion and participation at the "Debrecen Jazz Festival".
2016 - Winner of the 1st prize with “Zoltan Rugovics Trio” at the Zilina International Jazz Contest.
2016 - Winner of the 1st prize with “Zoltan Rugovics Trio” as the Best Band at the International Student Jazz Competition in Romania, Tirgu Mures.
2015 - Winner of the 1st prize with “Matyas Gayer/Sandor Molnar Quartet” at the Zilina International Jazz Contest.
2013 - Playing as a sideman with the downbeat award winning singer Daniel Cacija.
2012 - Winner of the Downbeat award for the best Small Band with “Tuomo Uusitalo Trio”.
2012 - Winner of the Downbeat award for the best Latin Band with “Marco Da Costa Quintet”.
2011 - Finalist of the jazz competition at the North Sea Jazz Festival.
2009 – Winner of the 3rd prize and a chance to record an album at the studio in Katowice, Poland at the international jazz competition in Kiev, Ukraine.
Concerts with “Kiev Big Band” with AiR: Curtis Fuller, Frank Lacy, James Spaulding, Jim Rotondi, Larry Willis, Gregory Porter and others. Combo Bands along with Johnaye Kendrick, Alex Sipiagin, Essiet Okon Essiet, Larry Willis, Gregory Porter, Don Friedman, Stjepko Gut, Jim Rotondi, Dena De Rose, Robert Bargad, Renato Chicco, Don Menza, Luis Bonilla, Kevin Mahogany, Bobby Shew and many others.
Since 2009 - played and toured in the Balkans region, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Holland, Italy, Spain and other countries with "Jim Snidero Quartet","Michael Abene Quintet","Benny Sharoni & Oliver Kent Trio","Jim Rotondi Band", "Renato Chicco Quintet","Agostino Digiorgio Organ Trio", "Bobby Shew Quintet", "Dena DeRose Trio", "Oleg Markov Trio","Markov Brothers Organ 4", "Apasionado", "S.O.F. Trio", "Daniel Cacija Quintet", "Matyas Gayer Trio", "Matyas Bartha Trio", "The Coquette Jazz Band”and others, in institutions like "Stockwerk", "The Royal Garden Jazz Club", "Thomawirt", "Theatrecafe", "Porgy & Bess", "Kammerlichtspiele", "Budapest Jazz Club", "Opus Jazz Club","Jazzkeller ","ZWE","Jazzland" and many others.
Also performed at such festivals as: North Sea Jazz Fest (Holland), Jazz Ravne Fest (Slovenia), Cakovec Jazz Fest (Croatia), Koprivnica Jazz Fest (Croatia), Nova Gorica Jazz Fest (Slovenia), Debrecen Jazz Fest (Hungary), Ice Swing Holiday (Hungary), Lamantin Jazz Fest (Hungary), Maribor Swing Fest (Slovenia), Sweet Swing Fest (Slovenia), Int. Dixie & Swing Fest, (Austria), Swing ”n” Milan (Italy), Lunatico Fest (Italy), More & Jazz Fest (Croatia), and many others.
2023 - present time – Professor for Drums and Rhythm Training at the KMAM named after R.M. Glier.
2021-2023 - Professor for Drums and Rhythm Training at the Dnipro Academy of music named after M. Glinka.
2021 - AiR for percussion instruments and the ensemble playing at the 7-day masterclass at the ART JAZZ SCHOOL in Rivne, Ukraine.
2017 - AiR for percussion instruments and the ensemble playing at the 4-day masterclass in FMU Skopje, Macedonia.
2016-2017 – drum teacher at the music school in Graz, Austria.
Since 2015 - extensive experience in private drum teaching.
2011 - AiR for percussion instruments and an ensemble playing at the 2-week masterclass in Podgorica, Montenegro with Stjepko Gut and Ahud Asherie.
ARTISTIC EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
2017 - graduated master program of performing arts at the KUG Academy of Arts – Graz, Austria (Jazz Drums) – Prof. Howard Curtis.
2014 – graduated bachelor program of performing arts at the KUG Academy of Arts – Graz, Austria (Jazz Drums) – Prof. Howard Curtis.
2009 – started studies in KUG – Academy of Arts – Graz, Austria (Jazz Drums) – Prof. Howard Curtis.
2005-2009 - Institut of Music R.M. Glier - Kiev, Ukraine (Jazz Drums)
1995-2002 - Music School N 21 – Kiev, Ukraine (Accordeon)
Oleg Markov was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1990. His first contact with music was at the age of six. His parents sent him to a music school to study Accordion. Very soon Oleg realized that he had a strong passion for drums. When Oleg was 12 years old he started playing in a jazz band at the international jazz festivals, concerts, workshops and jazz clubs. Before entering the institute of music and starting his studies there, Oleg had opportunities to play with the great musicians, and professional bands such as: “Skhide Side”, “Kiev Big Band” together with the AiR and others. At the Institute of Music Gliera he learned a lot about classical music, composers, painting, classical theory. After completing his studies in Kiev, he decided to move to Graz, Austria, to continue his studies at one of the best jazz universities in Europe, where he received a bachelor's and master's degree. Here he's focused on Jazz Composition, Arrangement, Jazz Theory and Improvisation with Prof. Ed Partyka, Michael Abene and Renato Chicco. He's studied Jazz Piano (Prof. Guenter Brueck and Michel Kahr), and Jazz Drums with the great teacher and musician Prof. Howard Curtis. Oleg also had a chance to learn about different styles in jazz music by playing in a variety ensembles such as: Stjepko (Steve) Gut, playing music of Clark Terry, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and others. He has performed with Renato Chiccos Masters Ensemble, Guenter Bruecks Latin Ensamble, Robert Bargad, Stage Band with Sigi Feigl (Count Basie, Duke Ellington ect.) and KUG Big Band with Ed Neumeister, Michael Abene and Ed Partyka (featuring works of Ellington, Strayhorn, Neumeister, Abene, and other modern music). He has also gained experience learning about recording while being a part of the Sound Recording Studio. Oleg is currently working as a professor for drums and rhythm training at the KMAM R.M.Glier in Kiev, Ukraine and continues to perform all over the world.