Emil Olejnik was born on 22.10.1999 in Olsztyn. He began studying the cello in the class of Magdalena Niedzwiedz in the Frederic Chopin State School of Music (1st and 2nd level) in Olsztyn. He started to perform in the second grade of primary school in regional and national competitions. He successfully performed both as a soloist and with a chamber group.
In 2013 he moved to Zenon Brzewski Comprehensive School of Music of Second Degree in Warsaw, also called “the School of Talents”, which was the breakthrough moment. That was the moment when Emil started permanently cooperating with Prof. Tomasz Strahl and Prof. Mateusz Szmyt. Under their supervision he successfully improved his skills. His artistic life began to abound not only in national and international competitions but in numerous concerts in concert halls throughout Poland. He had the pleasure to participate in the opening ceremony of a four-year music programme “Music of Our Times” during which he performed as a soloist in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music in Lusławice and took part in the recording of the Caprice in a Form of Mazurka by Ignacy Zalewski. He also performed as a soloist at such festivals as “Przemyśl Music Autumn” in Przemyśl, “Week of Talents” in Paderweski’s manor house in Kąsna Dolna, “Poznan Spring” in Poznan due to which he enriched his repertoire with the works of contemporary music by composers like W. Lutosławski, K. Penderecki, I.Zalewski, K. Dębski, J. McMillan.
While studying in the class of Prof. Tomasz Strahl and Prof. Mateusz Szmyt he qualified to a large number of music programmes for highly gifted and talented children and youth, which took place in Canada, China, Germany, Poland and Lithuania. Due to those projects he had the honour to work with professors and soloists from the whole world such as prof. Stanisław Firlej , prof. Jesus Castro Balbi (USA) prof. Laurence Lesser(USA), prof. Liu Meijuan (CHINA), prof. Kiril Rodin (RUSSIA) prof. Sophie Shao (USA) prof. Tian Bonian(GERMANY) prof. Yu Wei(USA) prof. Zhu Mu(CHINA) prof. Paweł Głąbik prof. Krzysztof Sperski, prof. Na Mula(CHINA), prof. Paul Kadz (USA), prof. Andreas Diaz(USA), prof. John Kadz(CANADA) , prof. Johanne Perron(CANADA) , prof. Desmond Hobeig(CANADA) , prof. Gotthard Popp(GERMANY) prof. Reinhard Latzko(AUSTRIA), prof. Claudio Bohorquez(GERMANY). His artistic development was also significantly influenced by the admission to the group of scholarship holders of the Polish Children’s Fund in 2015, the participant of which he still is. This institution allowed Emil to fathom the secrets of solo and ensemble performing during the courses organized in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music in Lusławice. During those courses he had the pleasure to cooperate with the most remarkable authorities of the Polish music scene. As a scholarship holder of the Polish Children’s Fund Emil received the patronage of the First Lady of Poland in 2016.