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Benjamin Oliver


Benjamin Oliver and Hannah Williams at Kings Place, July 2023. Photo: Ash Sealy

Benjamin Oliver is a composer, conductor and jazz pianist. He is Associate Professor in Composition at the University of Southampton. More than sixty of his works have been performed by performers including Ensemble Paramirabo (Canada), London Sinfonietta, Yshani Perinpanayagam, Dorothy Chan (USA), Riot Ensemble, Elizabeth Kenny, Ivo Neame and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He often collaborates with practitioners from other artforms such as poet Luke Wright, theatre-maker Rachel Warr, filmmaker and audiovisual artist Moe Myat May Zarchi (Myanmar) and with researchers outside music.

Ben’s work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, recorded and released by labels including Linn, Prima Facie and Coviello Contemporary, selected by scorefollower and his piece ‘Loop Concerto’ was nominated in the Contemporary Jazz category of the British Composer Awards 2017. Birmingham Record Company (distributed by NMC) will release his debut portrait CD – TOO MANY SWEETS – 26 April 2024.

Biography last updated: 2024