Described by The Telegraph as “phenomenally promising”, the young British conductor Oliver Zeffman is the Associate Conductor of the London Chamber Orchestra, a position he was appointed to with immediate effect following a sell-out visit last season with the orchestra to the Mariinsky Theatre's Stars of the White Nights Festival. Recent and upcoming debuts include with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Ulster Orchestra, KMH Symfonieorkester, Oulu Sinfonia, Urals Youth Symphony Orchestra, Jersey Symphony Orchestra, West Green House Opera and Chelsea Opera Group.
Oliver has worked as an assistant to Valery Gergiev, preparing orchestras including the Rotterdam and Luxembourg Philharmonics; Daniel Harding, for whom he has prepared Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with both the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic; and to Gustavo Dudamel, Gianandrea Noseda and Vladimir Jurowski.
A keen advocate for contemporary music, Oliver has, to date, commissioned and premiered thirteen new works from some of the most exciting young composers of today; and has given the Russian premieres of several important 20th- and 21st-century pieces, including George Benjamin's Lessons in Love and Violence, Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, Walton’s Façade and Ligeti’s Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Oliver originally studied History and Russian at Durham University and also spent a year at the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory under the direction of Alexander Polishchuk. In 2018, he was Classical Music nominee for the Breakthrough Artist Award at the South Bank Sky Arts Award.
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