Appointed principal of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2015, this season Olivier premieres a new commission by Laurent Durupt in Paris and London. He records the Mozart Concerto for LSO Live and a solo CD for Delphian.
…the radiant phrasing of the LSO’s peerless principal oboe, Olivier Stankiewicz.
The Arts Desk / LSO Sir John Eliot Gardiner / March 2018
Over the last year Olivier has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings and the Louvre collaborating with Alasdair Beatson, the Doric and Castalian String Quartets. He performed Benjamin Attahir’s Concerto Nur with the Orchestre de Lille and took part in the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival with Renaud Capuçon.
Previous solo highlights include recitals at the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, the Merkin Concert Hall and Morgan Library in New York and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany.
He has performed Berio’s Chemins IV with the Orchestre National du Capitole Toulouse, Bernd Alois Zimmerman’s Concerto with the French National Orchestra broadcast by Radio France Musique, and appeared as soloist with the Barcelona Wind Symphony in L’Auditori and Tokyo Sinfonietta in Suntory Hall.
Committed to new music, this season Olivier premieres a new commission by Laurent Durupt in Paris and London. He records the Mozart Concerto for LSO Live and a solo CD for Delphian. In 2020 he understakes a solo tour of Colombia.
In 2015 Olivier was appointed principal oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra. Awards include 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists international auditions in Leipzig and New York, and at the International Oboe Competition in Japan. He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in London in 2016.
In demand as guest principal Olivier has appeared with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber, London Sinfonietta, Philadephia Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras. He was principal oboe of the ONCT between 2011-2015 and is now Professor of Oboe at the Royal College of Music.
Born in Nice, Olivier studied oboe and theory at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris (2009-2014). In 2013 he was named “classical revelation” by the French association ADAMI.
He was a founder member of the WARN!NG Collective in 2011, 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, principal oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra, with pianist Alasdair Beatson brought extraordinary drama to the Temporal Variations (1936).”
“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.”