Oliver Wass

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Harp

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Oliver Wass graduated from the University of York with First Class Honours, and is now in his first year studying on a full scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

While at the University of York he was awarded the highest ever final recital mark and the Blake Music Prize.

He is an experienced soloist, and has performed numerous concertos, including directing the Handel Harp Concerto at the Barbican in 2011. He has also performed concertos at the London Handel Festival, the City of London Festival, with the Oxford Sinfonia, and with the World Chamber Orchestra (where his performance was acclaimed divine).

He competed in and won music festivals throughout his childhood, and as a member of the Junior Department of the GSMD is the only harpist to have been a finalist in the prestigious Lutine Competition.

In 2014 he won three concerto competitions. His Flute Harp and Viola trio recently won 1st Prize in the British Harp Chamber Music Competition, and have upcoming concerts at the Two Moors Festival and the United Kingdom Harp Association.

He is gratefully supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Help Musicians UK, where he holds a Fleming Award.