Originally from Western Australia, Oliver Crofts is currently in his first year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), training under the guidance of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Principal Clarinet, David Thomas.
Oliver graduated from the University of Western Australia (UWA) Conservatorium of Music in 2019, with a Bachelor of Arts (with a 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.
In 2019, Oliver performed in a masterclass for Andreas Ottensamer (Principal Clarinet, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), 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. He has also performed in masterclasses for Nicola Boud, Jose Franch-Ballester and the Australian Brandenburg Quartet.
Oliver has performed with numerous orchestras, including the West Australian Youth Orchestra (as Principal Clarinet 2018-2019), West Australian Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, 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.
Oliver 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 the Simon Lee Foundation and ANAMsyndicate - Barbara Bedwell, Elaine Harty
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