Olivier Charlier, violin

Olivier CharlierOlivier Charlier is a modest man who has never courted the media but has made a name for himself as one of the finest violinists of his generation. He showed a precocious talent, graduating with a Premier Prix from the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM) at the age of fourteen, then reaping prizes at international competitions, including Munich, Montreal, Helsinki (Sibelius), Paris (Jacques Thibaud), Indianapolis, and New York (Young Concert Artists). Great artists such as Nadia Boulanger, Yehudi Menuhin and Henryk Szeryng spontaneously took the brilliant young musician under their wing. 
Olivier Charlier is a fine representative of the French school of violin playing (that of Jacques Thibaud, Ginette Neveu, Christian Ferras) on stages all over the world. He has given concerts with about fifty different French orchestras, including all those of Paris (Orchestre National, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonique de Radio France, Opéra, Ensemble Orchestral, etc.), and all the regional orchestras (Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre National des Pays de Loire, Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Lille, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Cannes, Nice, etc).
He also appears regularly with major international orchestras: London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, CBSO, Berlin Symphony, Hamburg and Saarbrücken Radio Orchestras, Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk, Tonhalle Zurich, Netherlands Philharmonic, the orchestras of The Hague, Monte-Carlo, Prague, Zagreb, New York, Montreal, Quebec, Mexico, Tokyo, Sydney, and so on.
Olivier Charlier’s active recording career reflects his eclecticism ; it includes (for Chandos) the violin concertos by Dutilleux (‘L’arbre des songes’), Lalo (Russian Concerto and Concerto in F), Edward Gregson, Gerard Schurmann (all of them with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra) and the Roberto Gerhard Concerto (with the BBC Symphony Orchestra); (for Erato) the Mendelssohn Concertos with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and Lawrence Foster; (for EMI France) Saint-Saëns with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Jean-Jacques Kantorow. Olivier Charlier appears regularly with outstanding international orchestras such as Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Tonhalle Orchestre Zurich, London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, CBSO Birmingham, Residentie Orchestre of The Hague, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Munich, Hamburg, Saarbrücken, Budapest, Prague, Monte Carlo, Turin, New York, Pittsburgh, Montréal, Mexico, Sydney, Tokyo... Mr. Charlier has a distinguished recording career, including many violin
concertos: (for Chandos) Dutilleux L'arbre des Songes, Lalo (Russian concerto and concerto in F), Edward Gregson, Gerard Schurmann, (all with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra), Roberto Gerhard's concerto (BBC Symphony), Mendelssohn's both concertos with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo and Lawrence Foster (Erato), Saint-Saens with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Jean-Jacques Katorow (EMI France). He recorded as well numerous French sonatas with Jean Hubeau: Franck, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Pierné, Vierne (Erato), and sonatas by Schumann, Grieg, and Beethoven with Brigitte Engerer (Harmonia Mundi). Olivier Charlier is professor of violin at the Paris Conservatory, and regularly jury member at international violin competitions: Paris Long-Thibaud, Indianapolis, Hanovre, Munich, Helsinki Sibelius...

Live from "Victoires de la Musique Classique 2011" on France3 TV : 
"Schubert Trio no 2 opus 100"
Brigitte Engerer, piano & Olivier Charlier, violin & Henri Demarquette, cello


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Biography in French
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Olivier Charlier, Abdel Rahman El Bacha and Antoine Pierlot play Chopin

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Olivier Charlier plays Vivaldi "4 Seasons"

Olivier Charlier plays Mozart Concerto nos 3,4,5

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