Cellist Oliver Herbert, from San Francisco, is quickly building a reputation as an artist with a distinct voice and individual style. “From his opening notes, it was immediately apparent that Herbert has a very vocal approach to his playing and, regardless of the technical demands, he makes his cello sing,” raved the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Performing a wide range of repertoire, Herbert’s recent solo and recital appearances include debuts with the San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Union College Concert Series and the San Francisco Symphony Soundbox, among others.
Oliver has worked with renowned conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Juanjo Mena and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. As a chamber musician, he has performed with some of the leading musicians of our time, including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Franklin Cohen, Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Nobuko Imai and Meng-Chieh Liu. He frequently collaborates with pianist Xiaohui Yang, and together, they have played recital tours in both the U.S. and Greece.
Oliver is frequently invited to participate in music festivals, including the Caramoor Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, Krzyżowa Music, Music in the Vineyards, Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove, the Ravinia Festival Steans Music Institute and the Verbier Festival Academy. In addition to being a fellow at the Ravinia Festival, he was also invited to perform on a tour with renowned violinist Miriam Fried, the festival’s director. At the 2017 Verbier Festival, Oliver was awarded the Prix Jean-Nicolas Firmenich. He has also appeared on NPR’s From the Top.
Oliver’s competition awards include a top prize and special prize in the XI Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in 2018, First Prize and the Pablo Casals Prize in the 2015 Irving M. Klein International String Competition and a top prize in the 2015 Stulberg International String Competition. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley. Before starting his studies at Curtis, Oliver was a student of Clive Greensmith at the Colburn School.
He currently plays on a 1769 Guadagnini cello that belonged to the great Italian cellist Antonio Janigro, on generous loan from the Janigro family.