Described by The Telegraph as “phenomenally promising”, the young British conductor Oliver Zeffman is the Classical Music nominee for The TimesBreakthrough Artist Award at this year’s South Bank Sky Arts Awards and in 2015 was the youngest of eight nominees for the Nestlé-Salzburg Young Conductor’s Award. Recent and upcoming debuts include with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, KMH Symfoniorkester, London Chamber Orchestra, Urals Youth Philharmonic, Jersey Symphony Orchestra and at West Green House Opera, conducting Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
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 Symphony No. 8 with both the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic; and to David Zinman, Manfred Honeck and Ed Gardner with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. This summer he will spend a month assisting Gustavo Dudamel, Thomas Adès and a number of other conductors with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and next season he assists Martyn Brabbins on Salomé at ENO.
A recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Oliver originally studied History and Russian at Durham University and also spent a year at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory under the direction of Alexander Polishchuk. He has taken part in masterclasses at the Tanglewood Music Centre and with the Tonhalle Zürich and the London Sinfonietta.