MusiciansOliver Crofts

Oliver Crofts commenced his training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2020.  He is currently in his third year, training under the guidance of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Principal Clarinet, David Thomas. 

Throughout 2021, Oliver has been actively involved in ANAM’s Orchestral and Chamber music programs, as well as performing in the Australian Youth Orchestra programs.  As part of the 2021 ANAM Set Project, Oliver has been in collaboration with Elena Kats Chernin, who has composed a stunning new piece for clarinet and piano, entitled Grand Rag.  Highlights from Oliver’s second year at ANAM have included performing at the Melbourne Recital Centre and City Recital Hall (Sydney) for Mostly Mozart: Figaro for Winds, as well as Mozart’s Gran Partita, Quintet for Piano and Winds (Beleura House), Dvorak Symphony 8 and Strauss Der Rosenkavalier (arr. Nigel Shore). Oliver is passionate about clarinet concerto repertoire, having performed Ornamental Air (Elena Kats Chernin) and Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto during his time at ANAM.  Oliver was also thrilled to present a performance of Ross Edward’s Binyang and Igor Stravinsky’s Three Solo Pieces at the National Gallery of Victoria in November 2020.

During Oliver’s time at ANAM, he has been fortunate to participate in masterclasses and lessons with guest artists such as Michael Collins, Frank Celata, James Burke, Andrew Simon and Nicola Boud. Oliver graduated from the University of Western Australia (UWA) Conservatorium of Music in 2019.  His study at the UWA Conservatorium was supported by a Delano Music Scholarship, where he studied with West Australian Symphony Orchestra Principal Clarinet, Allan Meyer and UWA Head of Woodwinds and Contemporary performance, Dr Ashley William Smith.  Oliver also performed as Principal Clarinet of the West Australian Youth Orchestra in 2018-19 and has participated in masterclasses for Sabine Meyer, Andreas Ottensamer, Jose Franch-Ballester and Nicola Boud. 

In 2022, Oliver looks forward to performing with the Australian Youth Orchestra.

Financial assistance supported by ANAM Syndicate donors - Barbara Bedwell, Elaine Harty, Barbara Friday, Andrew Boyle, Merilyn and David Howorth

Photo by Pia Johnson

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