Oliver Aldort has been receiving various awards and recognition ever since he began performing publically at the age of six. Audiences and judges alike always enjoy his performances and give him high praise for excellent skill and musical expression on both the cello and piano.
Awards in 2010
Oliver was one of the winners of the 2010 Concerto Division Playoffs at the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival. He also received a Festival Medal for the event.
Awards in 2008
Oliver is the top winner of the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival at the senior level (14-19)
The week long competition draws from the Northwestern states and Canada. Six winners will play as soloists with the Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra on May 10th, 7:30pm at Kane Hall in Seattle. Admission is a $10 contribution for adults and children over 12. Oliver and another student (a pianist) will be getting a medal. Oliver will play the first movement of the Dvorak cello concerto. For more information, visit www.syamf.org and scroll down for the medals.
Awards in 2007
Oliver won the USA national competition for junior strings.
The competition was organized by MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and took place during a week-long conference at the Sheraton conference center in downtown Toronto. It was a combined music event of Canada and USA.
The competition had three stages, Oliver first won in Washington, then the Northwest division (out of six states), and then went to nationals where each of the seven divisions were represeted by one winner. He won first place and then appeared in the winner's concert; the full house gave him a standing ovation.
Awards in 2005
Oliver won the concerto competition for the middle school age and will play the Saint Saens cello concerto with the Newton symphony in Rashi Auditorium, Newton, on Saturday Dec. 10, at 2pm.
Oliver will be recorded in a live concert at Jordan Hall, Boston on October 2, 2005. The program will be aired on public radio stations across the country a couple of months later.
Greater Victoria Music Festival, Canada:
Top winner of all the string instruments - one winner only, all ages including young adults: Chamber Music Celebration Award. As a winner Oliver will be performing in Victoria, BC on November 20th. He will play the full Schubert Arpeggioni sonata as part of the ceremony during which he will receive the award.
Cello: Two top awards:
1) Outstanding string performer - shows great promise.
2) Adjudicatore's choice of the most outstanding achievement by a young performer.
Piano: First place in piano senior French music competition
Oliver was featured as a guest on the program Northwest Afternoon on Komo TV in Seattle where he performed on the cello for a live audience. Here is shown with other child prodigies from the Northwest.
From right to left: Oliver, Akiane (artist), Adrianna and sister Adora (writer).
Awards in 2004
The Greater Victoria Peforming Arts Festival awarded Oliver the first place in the senior upper most division in the piano concerto competition. He played one of Mozart's most difficult virtuoso piano concertos, #22 in E flat major, K482. The other competitors were mostly older teens who have ten years of study behind them. Oliver took part in five divisions. The concerto is the top, the most challenging and the most difficult of all the piano division competitions. Oliver also won the Top Junior Cello award and the Adjudicator's Choice for Outstanding Technical Achievement by a Young Performer.