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Olly was born in Bury St. Edmunds and grew up in a quiet village in rural Suffolk. At 18, he received a scholarship to study Jazz Piano at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating four years later with a First Class Honours.
During these formative years, Olly developed his voice as a pianist and improviser studying the music of McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Clark. Today, his deeply emotive but informed pianism intertwine with his understanding of the subtle balance between structure and freedom. As a composer, he walks the high-wire between total freedom and detailed (often through-composed) writing (in fact, Olly often likes to consider himself a composer first, as this allows him to take a ‘blank canvas’ approach to any and all musical situations).
Although Jazz is his first love, Olly maintains a chasm of influences, his focus fleeting and ever-changing (he likes it that way). Recently, Sergei Prokofiev, Kate Bush, Fennesz, Gorguts and Toru Takemitsu have dominated his listening time. Generally, Olly strongly believes that this consciously varied approach to listening and discovery is at the heart of his approach to composition and improvised music. In January 2018, Olly received the Peter Whittingham Development Award through HMUK to assist with the costs of a tour and album recording. Featuring world-renowned New York saxophonist John O’Gallagher alongside the Olly Trio, ‘Scathed Citizens’ explores a vivid picture-book of themes: science fiction, mysticism, hope, anxiety and dystopia. Influenced by David Binney, Pablo Held and Einojuhani Rautaavara, this album (due for release in 2019) showcases daring, emotive compositions and explosive improvising.
Having recently moved to South-East London, Olly is now undertaking an MMus degree in Jazz Piano at Trinity Laban; his teachers include Kit Downes, Bruno Heinen and Liam Noble. He is looking forward to having the time to practice, write and study again. Over the coming months, Olly is also looking forward to gigs at London Jazz Festival, King’s Place, a tour with the Josh Schofield Quartet and an album release tour for ‘Scathed Citizens’ later next year.
I have been actively involved in teaching all ages and abilities for over seven years.
I have a 100% pass rate for all students who have undertaken musical exams.
In addition to teaching privately at my home studio in Deptford - I also work with youth ensembles as well as with community projects and in local schools.
Teaching has always been a huge passion of mine. I started teaching privately when I was 17 years old and since then have taught both young children, pensioners and everything in between.
My philosophy on teaching is that enjoyment, passion and enthusiasm should come first; I always endeavour to work on music that the student wants to play - regardless of what this might be. As a professional jazz musician and composer, I hold improvisation and composition in high regard and feel that the techniques I have embodied throughout my time at music college are applicable to almost all facets of music and life.
I also think it is paramount that all students receive a balanced tuition. With students of any ability I like to work on fundamental music skills such as theory, ear training and rhythm.
Additionally, improvisation and sight reading are also a focal point for many of my lessons. Adaptability is arguably the most necessary skills for any teacher. This is something that I have actively worked on over the last 7 years as a teacher; I can safely say I am as happy teaching serious classical repertoire as I am teaching jazz harmony, pop music or anything you can think of!
Long term, I would like to be able to focus on teaching more advanced students as I enjoy the challenge but I find teaching any age/ability is suitably rewarding. Outside of teaching, I am particularly active on the UK Jazz scene and continue to develop my skills as a pianist, improviser and composer.
I am willing and able to travel in and around London but will prioritise lessons at my home studio - I am currently on a full-time masters course at Trinity Laban and for this reason have to be quite selective with my time! Please do feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions or would like to arrange a lesson.
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- Birmingham Conservatoire (2016) - BMus Jazz (Piano) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- ABRSM (2012) - Grade 8 (Piano) (Other) (✔ On File)
- Stowupland High School (2012) - A Levels - A/B/C (Drama/Music/German) (School) (✔ On File)
- ABRSM (2011) - Grade 8 (Alto Saxophone) (Other) (✔ On File)
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