21-year-old violinist Aubree Oliverson is a charismatic performer and communicator who loves sharing the joys of music with people of all ages. The Miami New Times has raved about her “powerful performance, brimming with confidence and joy.” Her solo debut with the Utah Symphony at age eleven opened the door to a life pursuit as a concert violinist. Very quickly thereafter Aubree garnered several accolades, including her Carnegie Hall Weill Hall recital debut at age twelve as winner of the American Protégé International Strings Competition, several featured performances on NPR’s hit radio show From The Top, a 2016 National YoungArts Foundation Award, and winner of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow on a high school student.
Aubree’s current touring schedule includes six performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Carlos Miguel Prieto and Paolo Bortolameolli conducting the Orchestra of Americas on a tour of Mexico; her debut with the San Diego Symphony; a chamber music program with Le Salon de Musiques in Los Angeles; and return engagements at the Innsbrook Music Festival, the Gifted Music School, and with the Pasadena Orchestra and Topanga Symphony.
During the 2018/19 season, Aubree made her recital debut at the Grand Teton Music Festival (winter festival) and SOKA Performing Arts Center; her solo debut with the Pacific Symphony; and performances with the Culver City, Topanga and San Fernando Valley Symphonies. She has also previously performed with the American Youth Symphony, Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, Beach Cities Symphony, Burbank Philharmonic, Colburn Orchestra, Colburn Baroque Ensemble, Millennial Choir and Orchestra, Salt Lake Pops Orchestra, Utah Chamber Artists, and the Innsbrook Festival Orchestra at the Innsbrook Festival in Missouri, where Aubree is a returning guest artist. In 2012, she returned to the Utah Symphony, at age 13, for a performance of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto conducted by Vladimir Kulenovic, and the following year she performed a movement of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Joseph Silverstein and the Gifted Music School Orchestra in Salt Lake City.
Aubree also enjoys playing chamber music and has performed in various settings around the world. She was a participant in the David Finckel/Wu Han Chamber Studio at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 she performed at the Prussia Cove IMS Masterclasses and the Music Masters Course Japan chamber music seminar in Yokohama. She has collaborated with artists such as Stefan Jackiw and Robert McDuffie in Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and with Lynn Harrell, Jean-Ives Thibaudet, Andrew Marriner, and Clive Greensmith as part of the Colburn Chamber Music Society in Los Angeles.
Passionate about reaching a broader audience, Aubree has traveled to over 100 schools throughout the Western United States, motivating and inspiring thousands of children to work hard and participate in music, and has spoken at numerous special functions including national education conventions. In June 2018, she gave a masterclass and performance in Wuhan, China, and worked individually with over thirty young violinists. Aubree was the concertmaster of the Gifted Music School Orchestra of Salt Lake City, and graduated from the Colburn Academy in Los Angeles in 2016 where she was concertmaster of the Academy Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. Also a national award winning composer, Aubree was recognized twice by the New York Arts Ensemble as a “composer of great promise.”
Aubree is a former student of Debbie Moench, Eugene Watanabe, and Danielle Belen, and currently studies with Robert Lipsett, the Jascha Heifetz Distinguished Violin Chair at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. She plays on a 1743 Sanctus Seraphin violin thanks to the generous loan of Dr. James Stewart. Aubree enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, swimming, and dark chocolate.
(Biography current as of June 2019)