"...the radiant phrasing of the LSO's peerless principal oboe, Olivier Stankiewicz." - The Arts Desk/ LSO Sir John Eliot Gardiner / March 2018

Olivier Stankiewicz holding oboe

In 2015 Olivier was appointed principal oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Sought after as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher, Olivier has performed widely in Europe, Japan and the USA.

Over the last year he has made his debut at the Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. in a special project exploring the creative dialogues between music and visual art with music by Berio, Wagner, Poulenc, Tonia Ko and a new commission by Benjamin Attahir.

He returned to Wigmore Hall in a solo recital with Alasdair Beatson and a chamber music programme with Stephen Hough broadcast by BBC Radio 3, and took part in the Crusell (Finland) and Delft (Netherlands) Chamber Music festivals, collaborating with Liza Fertschmann, Esther Hoppe, Jenifer Stumm, Robin Tritschler and Ivan Karizna. In 2021 Delphian released his recording of Mozart Violin Sonatas to critical acclaim.

This season Olivier gives performances of concertos by Bach and Strauss with the Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra in Tokyo conducted by Rainer Honek and makes his BBC Proms debut at Cadogan Hall.

Previous solo highlights include the Tokyo Sinfonietta at Suntory Hall, l’Orchestre National de France broadcast by France Musique, Orchestre de Lille, Orchestre National du Capitole Toulouse, London Mozart Players and the Pro Arte Orchestra in Hong Kong. In 2019 he recorded the Mozart Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and premiered a new concerto commission by Laurent Durupt in Paris and London.

On the concert platform Olivier has given recitals at Snape Maltings, the Louvre in Paris, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, Merkin Concert Hall and Morgan Library in New York, among many others. He has collaborated with the Doric and Castalian String Quartets, Renaud Capuçon, Jean Rondeau, Jonathan Ware and Alvise Sinivia and is a member of Berlin Counterpoint.

As guest principal, Olivier has appeared with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber, London Sinfonietta, Philadelphia Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras.

Born in Nice, Olivier studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. He won 1st Prize at the 10th International oboe competition of Japan (held by the Sony Music Foundation), the Young Concert Artists auditions in Leipzig and New York, and in 2016 was a prize-winner at the YCAT International Auditions in London. He is Professor of Oboe at the Royal College of Music, London.

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Press reviews

The partnership between the two artists is exemplary, and one could not ask for more. The transcriptions for the oboe have produced many challenges that would be the undoing of us mere mortals, but the performances here are astounding. I am green with envy.

CD SPOTLIGHT - Classical Music Daily / Delphian Records Mozart Violin Sonatas / 2021

Mozart didn’t write a single oboe sonata, but listening to these glistening performances might make you believe otherwise. Adapting three of Mozart’s violin sonatas, the London Symphony Orchestra’s principal oboist, Olivier Stankiewicz, makes each one utterly his own with characterful, fluid playing that proves the instrument’s suitability for both Mozart’s long melodic lines and sense of playfulness

Apple Music / Delphian Records Mozart Violin Sonatas / 2021


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