Born in Odessa, Oleg Maisenberg received his first piano lessons from his mother at the age of five. He completed his studies at the Central Music School Kishinev" and at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow (with Prof. Jocheles). In 1967 he won the second prize at the "International Schubert Competition" in Vienna, where in the same year he won the first prize in the competition "Music of the 20th Century" as well. From 1971 to 1980 he regularly appeared with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and other renowned orchestras of the former Soviet Union. In 1981 Oleg Maisenberg emigrated to Vienna, the city that has since become his second home.
Oleg Maisenberg has appeared with many famous orchestras like the Israel Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, among others under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi, Zubin Mehta, Eugene Ormandy, Herbert Blomstedt, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Neeme Järvi, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Georges Prêtre, Alain Lombard, Michel Plasson, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Vladimir Fedosejev, Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Oleg Maisenberg frequently appears with chamber orchestras, for example the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra New York, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Wiener Virtuosen (members of the Vienna Philharmonic), the Lituanian Chamber Orchestra, among others.
He has devoted much of his time to chamber music, collaborating with such artists as Hermann Prey, Robert Holl, Heinz Holliger, Sabine Meyer, András Schiff, Renaud und Gautier Capucon. His continuing collaboration with the violinist Gidon Kremer has existed since his early years in Russia.
Oleg Maisenberg has appeared at most of the major festival venues in Salzburg, Vienna, Lockenhaus, Lucerne, Berlin, Florence, Edinburgh, Piano Festival Ruhr and Sviatoslav Richter Festival in Moscow, among others, and performed as a recitalist throughout the world to unanimous success.
Numerous recordings and TV-productions bear witness to his exceptional talent: LPs and CDs with compositions by Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Skriabin, Stravinsky, Berg, Webern, Schönberg, Milhaud, etc., have appeared under the Orfeo, Harmonia Mundi, Teldec and Deutsche Grammophon labels, and many of his recordings in the field of chamber music have been released by ECM, Preiser Records and the Philips labels.
A unique event in the artist´s career was his 12 concert recital series at the Wiener Konzerthaus in the 1994/95 season in which each concert was dedicated to a different composer. A commemorative edition of five CDs, which include selections of these live performances, was issued by the Wiener Konzerthaus and more recently on the Glissando label.
In April 1995 Oleg Maisenberg was bestowed the title of "Honourary Member" of the Vienna Konzerthaus Society.
Between 1985 and 1998 Oleg Maisenberg was Professor of Piano at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart. As of 1998 he is Professor of Piano at the University for Music in Vienna. He further gives masterclasses on a regular basis, and acts as a judicator at various international competitions (Clara Haskil - Vevey, Géza Anda - Zurich, ARD - Munich).
Oleg Maisenberg's repertoire encompasses all stylistic epochs - his particular preference being the music of the 19th century.