Nick Oliver is unique on the Perth 2011 trip as he has been a part of both Chethams and Purcell Schools. He was born in London and attended the Purcell school for four years before studying at the Royal Academy of Music and later the Royal Northern College of Music. Across this time he was a frequent prizewinner at both colleges and won the Young Pianist if the Year Award in 1984. He was the second prize winner at the 1991 Dudley International Piano Competition since when he has been enjoying a successful and varied performing career. He is now Joint Head of Piano Accompaniment at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
Nick has a particular interest in chamber music having given numerous recitals with singers and instrumentalists throughout the UK. He has played several times at London’s South Bank and at most of Britain’s major concert halls. He has undertaken recital tours in many European countries and also performed in the Americas, Australia, Asia and Africa. He has broadcast frequently on radio and released several recordings.
In addition to his performing career, Nicholas is much in demand as a tutor and coach on music courses and festivals, is an experienced adjudicator and undertakes examining work for the ABRSM. He has taught piano and ensembles at the Junior School of the R.N.C.M. where he was also on the accompaniment staff at the senior college. He is currently joint head of piano accompaniment at Chethams School of Music in Manchester. He is also a founder member of “The Commonwealth Resounds”, an organisation dedicated to promoting music and musicians across the Commonwealth and in that capacity has worked in Africa and the Caribbean.
Nick is very much looking forward to the Perth trip this year and is looking forward to forming new musical ties with musicians from across the commonwealth.