Oliver Aldort age 13 Oliver Aldort 2012

Oliver Aldort

"The immediate impression of the listener
is one of complete astonishment.”

- La Presse, Montreal

Oliver Aldort
Oliver Aldort

Oliver Aldort and conductor Kurt Masur
Oliver Aldort and
conductor Kurt Masur

Oliver Aldort was born in 1993 and grew up on Orcas Island, WA. He has been featured on Komo TV, CBC radio, NPR "From the Top," and British TV documentary "The World's Greatest Musical Prodigies."

Mr Aldort has won numerous competitions including MTNA National Winner 2007 and Seattle Young Artists Music Festival Winner 2008 & 2010. He gave his debut recital at the age of seven and continued to perform through his youth garnering critical acclaim. "The immediate impression of the listener is one of complete astonishment," (La Press, Montreal.)

Aldort has been a soloist with orchestras on cello and piano since the age of ten. His solos have included cello concertos by Dvorak, Schumann, Saint Saens, Elgar and Haydn as well as Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody, and two late piano concertos of Mozart. He made his conducting debut at fifteen with the Overture to Don Giovanni.

Mr. Aldort has performed on the east and west coasts of the USA and Canada. He has also appeared at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and the Tanglewood Music Center. Aldort's teachers have included Lynn Harrell, Amos Yang and Ron Leonard. He is currently a student at the Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of Peter Wiley and Carter Brey.

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"... unlike a number of teenage wunderkind who have been foisted on the world in the recent years, Aldort doesn't just play the notes. He is clearly a musician and gave a musician's performance. We shall be hearing more from this young man."
—Deryk Barker Victoria Times Columnist
"The immediate impression of the listener is one of complete astonishment. Aldort played an hour and a half of completely memorized music, showing an absolute mastery of both instruments and above all a focus, a musicality and a maturity that were not those of a beginner but of an experienced interpreter."
— Claude Gingras, La Presse, Montreal
"Oliver has distinguished himself as an outstanding cellist ... he easily outshines many of my graduate level students and never ceases to amaze me."
— Lynn Harrell
"Oliver Aldort is, quite simply, the most gifted cello talent of my entire experience, the most advanced child I have ever heard of. More than that — he is a mature musician."
— R.J. Davis, Former principal cellist
of the Seattle symphony

Fast Facts:

  • Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Winner 2007
  • Seattle Young Artist Festival (SYAMF) concerto competition winner and Festival medal 2008
  • Seattle Young Artist Festival (SYAMF) concerto competition winner, Festival medal, and seals of excellence 2010
  • Featured on NPR: From the Top
  • Heard on CBC radio
  • Seen on Komo TV
  • Vancouver Festival winner
  • Victoria Festival winner
  • Soloist with Orchestras since the age of ten
  • Debut recital at age seven
  • Principal cellist of Academy Chamber Orchestra
  • Studied with Lynn Harrell, Eugene Osadchy, Amos Yang, Paula Kieffner, and currently Ron Leonard
  • Master classes with Lynn Harrell, Desmond Hoebig, Hans-Jorgen Jensen, John Kadz, Shauna Rolston
  • Colburn School of Music student with Ronald Leonard
  • Canada's National Arts Center Young Artists Program 2009 and 2010 senior program
  • Europe's premier Verbier Music Festival Academy with full scholarship