Oliver Herbert was born in San Francisco, California. He began his cello studies at the age of seven and currently is under the tutelage of Peter Wiley and Carter Brey at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Since his concerto debut in 2013, Oliver has enjoyed numerous solo and recital appearances, most recently with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and Las Vegas Philharmonic. With a great interest in cello repertoire, Oliver aspires to bring diverse and relevant recital programs to audiences. His upcoming solo engagements include an appearance with the Santa Cruz Symphony, and a Dame Myra Hess recital in Chicago.
Oliver has participated in numerous music festivals including the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, the YellowBarn Young Artists Program, and IMS Prussia Cove with Steven Isserlis. His upcoming chamber music festival engagements include performances at the Ravinia Festival, Music in the Vineyards in Napa Valley, and Musique à Marsac in France.
Oliver currently performs as a part of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and as Associate Principal cellist of Symphony in C. In 2014, Oliver performed as Principal Cellist with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. As part of the ensemble, Oliver performed in concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall, and Walt Disney Hall. Oliver’s past orchestral experience includes performances as Principal Cellist with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Colburn Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. This summer, Oliver will perform as Principal Cellist with the Eastern Sierra Symphony.
Oliver’s most recent competition awards include the first prize and Pablo Casals prize in the 2015 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and the second prize in the 2015 Stulberg International String Competition. He is also a winner of the Spotlight Competition, the National YoungArts Foundation, the Colburn Academy Concerto Competition, the Nova Vista Symphony Concerto Competition, the PIMF Concerto Competition, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Felix Khuner Young Artist Competition.
Before starting his studies at Curtis, Oliver was a student of Clive Greensmith at the Colburn Music Academy. His past teachers include Iris Pingel and Peter Wyrick. Oliver currently plays on a cello made by Richard Tobin in 1820 on generous loan to him by the Ravinia Festival Steans Institute.