Born in Moscow and raised in Alaska, Olga Bell is an American composer, producer and performer based in Brooklyn. A prodigious classical pianist as a child and teenager, Bell graduated from the New England Conservatory at age 21 and moved to New York City to pursue electronic composition and songwriting.
The past nine years have seen Bell's steady rise from the city's open mics to performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Her solo output includes acclaimed self-produced 2011 full-length Diamonite and 2008's EP in addition to numerous singles, videos, remixes (Son Lux, Chairlift) and new collaboration Nothankyou with British multi-instrumentalist Tom Vek.
Hand-picked by composer Osvaldo Golijov and soprano Dawn Upshaw for a Lieder workshop, Bell has written string arrangements for rap groups (Das Racist at Carnegie Hall) and rearranged classical music into dance numbers (St. Vincent's Proven Badlands, Caroline Shaw's Partita).
A sought-after live collaborator, Bell joined Dirty Projectors in 2012 as keyboardist and vocalist for the entirety of the band's Swing Lo Magellan cycle, which included a world tour, late-night television performances (Letterman, Conan) and a sold-out show at Carnegie Hall.