Olivier Stankiewicz, oboe
25-year-old French oboist Olivier Stankiewicz has been praised for his “astounding technique, rich sound, and mature artistry” (ResMusica). This season, he makes his New York debut and Washington, DC debut in the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Concert on the Young Concert Artists Series, where he’ll premiere a new work by YCA Composer-in-Residence Tonia Ko. His U.S. debut tour also includes performances at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Port Washington Library, and with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. He also debuts at London’s Wigmore Hall, and performs with the Orchestre National du Capitole Toulouse and the Faust Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his solo career, he holds the position of Principal Oboe with the London Symphony Orchestra and is Professor of Oboe at the Royal College of Music in London.
Winner of the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York and in Leipzig, Mr. Stankiewicz won the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) 2016 Auditions in London. He was named the 2013 Classical Revelation by the French association ADAMI and won First Prize at the 2012 International Oboe Competition of Japan. An avid chamber musician, he has performed in numerous French festivals, including Toulouse les Orgues Festival, Estivales de Musique en Médoc, Festival Jeunes Talents, and Le Classique c’est pour les vieux Festival. With Duo Widmung, which he founded with pianist Alvise Siniva as an ensemble which focuses on adaptations of vocal repertoire, he performed at Tokyo’s Toppan Hall. A fervent advocate of new music, he frequently commissions new works, experiments with sound painting, improvisation, and helped to found the WARN!NG Collective, a collaborative new music ensemble.
He recently performed the world premiere of Benjamin Attahir’s oboe concerto Nur with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse under Tugan Sokhiev. He has also appeared as soloist with the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie in Belgium, the Gunma Symphony in Japan, the Tokyo Sinfonietta in Japan, the Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Furians in France, and Ensemble des Possibles in France.
Born in Nice, Mr. Stankiewicz graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he studied oboe with Jacques Tys, David Walter, and Jean-Claude Jaboulay, and conducting with Philippe Ferro. He has participated in master classes of Christian Schmitt, Alexei Ogintchouk, and Maurice Bourgue. He served as Principal Oboe with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse from 2011 to 2015.