In 2015, French oboist Olivier Stankiewicz was appointed principal oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra. In the same year he won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists international auditions in Leipzig and in New York.
Born in Nice in 1989, in 2015 Olivier won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists international auditions in Leipzig and in New York. In the same year he was appointed principal oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra, and in 2016 was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust in London.
Other awards include 1st Prize at the 2012 International Oboe Competition in Japan (hosted by the Sony Music Foundation), and in 2013 he was named “classical revelation” by the French association ADAMI.
This season Olivier makes his debut at Merkin Concert Hall New York, the French Embassy in Washington DC and Wigmore Hall. He performs Berio’s Chemins IV with the Orchestre National du Capitole Toulouse, Strauss’s Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle in North Carolina, and Mozart’s Concerto in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and at Kings Place, London.
As a soloist Olivier has given the premiere of Benjamin Attahir’s Oboe Concerto Nur with the ONCT conducted by Tugan Sokhiev, performed Mozart’s Concerto with the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie at the Colmar Spring Festival and appeared with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Tokyo Sinfonietta at Suntory Hall, and the Gumma Symphony Orchestra in Karuizawa in Japan. He was principal oboe of the ONCT between 2011-2015 and has been invited as guest principal with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
With Duo Widmung, his regular chamber music partnership with pianist Alvise Siniva, Olivier has given recitals throughout France and Japan, their repertoire including original music for oboe and adaptations of vocal repertoire. Other chamber collaborators include Thomas Dunford (theorbo), Jean Rondeau (harpsichord) and Hervé N’Kaoua (piano).
Since 2011 Olivier has been a founder member of the WARN!ING Collective, a group that frequently commission new works, experimenting with sound painting, improvisation and innovative performance experiences. Their work has included concert-installations at the Zenith de Paris, Gaîté Lyrique, Printemps des Arts of Monaco, and several broadcasts on France Musique.
Olivier studied oboe with Jacques Tys, David Walter and Jean-Claude Jaboulay, and conducting with Philippe Ferro at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris between 2009-2014. He participated in masterclasses with Christian Schmitt, Alexei Ogrintchouk, and Maurice Bourgue. He is currently Professor of Oboe at the Royal College of Music in London.
“Olivier Stankiewicz's lovely mellow oboe tone could lull even the most insomniac Titania to restful repose.”
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“This gifted musician has exceptional musicality, with melodic fluidity and precision in every phrase, not to mention a beautiful tone.”