Oliver Crofts commenced his training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2020, as part of the Professional Performance Program. He is currently in his second year, training under the guidance of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Principal Clarinet, David Thomas.
Throughout 2020, Oliver embraced ANAM’s online program and greatly enjoyed participating in masterclasses and lessons with guest artists such as Michael Collins, Andrew Simon, Nicola Boud and James Burke. Highlights of his first year include performing Helmut Lachenmann's Marche fatale with the ANAM Orchestra and Faculty, entering Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto in The Concerto Project and presenting his first-year Clarinet Recital at Abbotsford Convent. 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. In 2021, Oliver looks forward to performing as part of the Australian Youth Orchestra’s 2021 Programs.
Oliver graduated from the University of Western Australia (UWA) Conservatorium of Music in 2019, with a Bachelor of Arts (Double Major: Music Studies and Music Specialist Studies). 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. Throughout his studies in Perth, Oliver performed with numerous orchestras, including the West Australian Youth Orchestra (as Principal Clarinet 2018-2019), UWA Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Fremantle Symphony Orchestra, Australian Bass Orchestra/Tura New Music, Orchestra of the Music Makers (Singapore), Perth Orchestra Project and in the West Australian Opera Company’s production of Macbeth.
In 2019, Oliver performed in a masterclass for Andreas Ottensamer (Principal Clarinet, Berliner Philharmoniker), as part of the WA Symphony Orchestra’s Young and Emerging Artists Program. In 2018, he was also invited to perform for Sabine Meyer in a Musica Viva masterclass. Oliver has performed in masterclasses for Nicola Boud, Jose Franch-Ballester and the Australian Brandenburg Quartet.
Oliver also has extensive professional choral experience as a tenor, having been employed with the St George's Cathedral Choir and Consort, directed by Dr Joseph Nolan, and also involving numerous broadcasts on ABC Classic, collaborations with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and a performance with The King’s Singers for their GOLD 50th Anniversary Tour.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate - Simon Lee Foundation, Barbara Bedwell, Elaine Harty, Barbara Friday, Andrew Boyle, Merilyn and David Howorth
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