Oliver Zeffman

Award: Career Development Bursary

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Conductor

Location: London

Website: www.harrisonparrott.com/artist/profile/oliver-zeffman

Described by The Telegraph as “phenomenally promising”, the young British conductor Oliver Zeffman has recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and was the youngest of eight nominees for the Néstle-Salzburg Young Conductor’s Award in 2015.

This season Oliver makes his debut with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and at West Green House Opera, conducting Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

In 2010 Oliver founded the Melos Sinfonia, an orchestra of young professionals, where he continues as Artistic Director. Together, they have given the Russian premieres of a number of important 20th century works – including Maxwell-Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, Walton’s Façade and Ligeti’s Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures – across concerts in the Mariinsky and St. Petersburg Philharmonia. Over the last three years they have commissioned twelve new works from some of the most exciting young composers of today.

Oliver has worked with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, assisting conductors such as Ed Gardner, David Zinman and Manfred Honeck, and has also assisted Sir Mark Elder at the Hallé. At the request of Daniel Harding he recently undertook a number of rehearsals for Mahler’s Symphony No.8 with the New Japan Philharmonic.

Having originally studied History and Russian at Durham University, Oliver also spent a year at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory under the direction of Alexander Polishchuk and has since taken part in masterclasses at the Tanglewood Music Centre and with the London Sinfonietta.