Oliver Herbert, from San Francisco, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2015 and studies cello with Carter Brey, principal cello of the New York Philharmonic, and Peter Wiley, former cellist of the Guarneri Quartet. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, and Mr. Herbert is the Edwin B. Garrigues Annual Fellow.
Mr. Herbert's recent solo and recital engagements include debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Santa Cruz Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago. As a chamber musician, Mr. Herbert frequently participates in music festivals including the Verbier Festival Academy, Krzyzowa Music, the Ravinia Festival's Steans Music Institute, IMS Prussia Cove, ChamberFest Cleveland, Music in the Vineyards, and the Caramoor Festival. In addition to being a fellow at the Steans Music Institute, he was also invited to perform on a tour with renowned violinist Miriam Fried, the program's director.
Mr. Herbert's most recent competition awards include first prize and Pablo Casals prize in the 2015 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and second prize in the 2015 Stulberg International String Competition. He has earned the top prize in numerous competitions, including the Spotlight, National YoungArts, Colburn Academy Concerto, Nova Vista Symphony Concerto, and Felix Khuner Young Artist competitions.
As an orchestral cellist, Mr. Herbert currently serves as the associate principal cellist of Symphony In C, in addition to performing regularly with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. He has held principal positions with the Eastern Sierra Symphony, National Youth Orchestra of the United States, San Francisco Youth Orchestra, and the Colburn Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. He has played under many esteemed conductors, including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Herbert Blomstedt, Vladmir Jurowski, Ludovic Morlot, David Robertson and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Before starting his studies at Curtis, Mr. Herbert was a student of Clive Greensmith at the Colburn Music Academy. He currently plays on a 1769 Guadagnini cello that belonged to famous Italian cellist Antonio Janigro, on generous loan from the Janigro family.