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.
In 2015 Olivier won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in Leipzig and 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 (YCAT) in London.
Over the last year Olivier has given debut concerts in the US at Merkin Concert Hall in New York and the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. As a soloist he performed Berio’s Chemins IV with the Orchestre National du Capitole Toulouse (ONCT), Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Concerto with the French National Orchestra broadcast by Radio France Musique, Strauss’s Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle in North Carolina, and Mozart’s Concerto in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, King’s Place London and at the festival Suoni dal Golfo in Lerici. He collaborated with pianist Alvise Siniva, the Castalian Quartet, and appeared with the Amadeus Ensemble and members of the LSO at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw.
Engagements this season include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Snape Maltings Aldeburgh and Saffron Hall. He appears as soloist with the Barcelona Wind Symphony Orchestra in L’Auditori and performs the Mozart Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 he returns to the US making his debut at the Morgan Library in New York.
Olivier has performed widely in France and Japan, in recital with pianist Alvise Siniva (Duo Widmung), and as soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Tokyo Sinfonietta at Suntory Hall, and the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallony. He was principal oboe of the ONCT between 2011-2015, where he premiered Benjamin Attahir’s concerto Nur, and has been invited as guest principal with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Chamber collaborators include Thomas Dunford (theorbo), Jean Rondeau (harpsichord), Richard Uttley (piano) and Yan Levionnois (cello).
Born in Nice in 1989, Olivier studied oboe and musical analysis at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris (2009-2014). Awards during his studies included 1st Prize at the 2012 International Oboe Competition in Japan, and in 2013 he was named “classical revelation” by the French association ADAMI. He is currently Professor of Oboe at the Royal College of Music in London.
Since 2011 Olivier has been a founder member of the WARN!NG 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 Gaîté Lyrique, Printemps des Arts of Monaco, and several broadcasts on France Musique.
“Olivier Stankiewicz’s oboe solo later on was touchingly tender in its masterful precision. ”
“Olivier Stankiewicz's lovely mellow oboe tone could lull even the most insomniac Titania to restful repose.”
“...Stankiewicz’s oboe rose from striking, perfectly precise spirals and volleys to a stark, burred, woody tone …. a showcase for Ware’s vigorous clarity and Stankiewicz’s seemingly effortless command of rapidfire trills, matched by long, airy, plaintive phrasing. ”
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“La couleur si expressive, les nuances subtiles et la virtuosité que rien ne retient ont été très bien employées dans cette pièce si délicate... La aussi l’entente entre le chef et le soliste a été admirable et la battue si précise a permis aux cordes de ne faire qu’un avec le hautbois si élégant d’Olivier Stankiewicz.”