Oliver Neubauer, violin
Praised for his sensitive and uniquely beautiful playing, twenty-year-old violinist Oliver Neubauer is establishing himself as an artist of great emotional depth and maturity beyond his years.
This summer, Oliver is grateful for the opportunity to perform live music for socially distanced audiences at the Bravo! Vail music festival, collaborating with the Dover Quartet and artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott, among others. In the upcoming season, Oliver will make his debut with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and return to Parlance Chamber Concerts. Appearances at Cape Cod Music Festival and Chamber Music Northwest as a protegé artist were unfortunately canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Oliver has been invited to attend the Perlman Music Program Chamber Workshop and Verbier Festival Academy in the summer of 2021.
Past seasons have included appearances at the Four Seasons Winter Workshop, Palm Beach Chamber Music Society, Bravo! Vail, YoungArts Miami, Parlance Chamber Concerts, If Music Be the Food NYC, Mostly Music Series, Summerfest La Jolla, Music@Menlo, Lake Champlain Music Festival, OKM Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Music in the Vineyards, Art in Avila in Curaçao, and Music from Angel Fire. Oliver has performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall on numerous occasions as well as Symphony Space, the American Museum of Natural History, Neue Gallery, Alice Tully Hall, and David Geffen Hall. Oliver also performed with his sister Clara at the Waldorf Astoria for a 9/11 Memorial and Museum Benefit Dinner, where they shared the stage with Robert De Niro and Bernadette Peters.
At the age of twelve years old, Oliver attended the Music@Menlo program for the first time and played Mozart’s E-flat Piano Quartet, an experience that sparked a deep passion for chamber music that remains with him to this day. Since then, Oliver returned to Menlo for three more summers, was a member of the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program from 2013-2015, performed at Juilliard ChamberFest in 2017, and attended the Four Seasons Winter Workshop in 2019 and 2020. Coming from a musical home, Oliver performs frequently with his father Paul Neubauer, mother Kerry McDermott, and sister Clara Neubauer. He has also collaborated and performed with many esteemed artists, including Carter Brey, Fred Sherry, Ani Kavafian, Michael Kannen, Kwan Yi, Ara Gregorian, Sophie Shao, Carmit Zori, the Ulysses Quartet, Axel Strauss, and Steve Tenenbom.
As a soloist, Oliver has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the National Repertory Orchestra, the Sound Symphony Orchestra (as winner of their 2016 competition), the New York Concerti Sinfonietta, and the Symphony of Westchester (as winner of their 2018 competition). Oliver received the Gold Award at the 2018 National YoungArts Competition and has garnered top prizes in the 2020 Adelphi Competition, the 2017 Young Musicians Competition at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Artist in You Competition sponsored by the Doublestop Foundation, among others.
In the summer of 2019, Oliver spent a week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, working with the Guri youth string orchestra and teaching masterclasses. Deeply inspired by the spirit of music making during the exchange program, Oliver hopes to recreate that atmosphere of genuine passion, joy, and curiosity in communities around the world. Oliver has also donated his services to organizations such as Save the Children, Concerts in Motion, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Little Orchestra Society, Goddard Riverside Community Center, and Temple Israel. In 2013, Oliver made his debut with the New York Philharmonic as the narrator for Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra in a YPC.
Outside of music, Oliver loves playing chess (having competed in dozens of national tournaments), playing ping pong, eating freshly baked cookies, and discussing philosophy. Currently obsessed with the soundtrack of “Fiddler on the Roof,” Oliver spends an abnormal amount of time listening to the entire album on Spotify.
Oliver attends the Juilliard School in New York City, where he studies with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin and is a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship. Prior to his studies at Juilliard, Oliver attended the Dalton School, Juilliard Pre-College, and the Perlman Music Program. Previous teachers include Sophie Arbuckle and Arik Braude. Oliver plays a 1734 Matteo Goffriller violin, generously on loan to him from the Juilliard String Instrument Collection.