Oliver Herbert

Oliver Herbert’s recent solo and recital appearances include debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, and the Union College Concert Series in New York, among others. Formerly a member of the SFS Youth Orchestra, he made his San Francisco Symphony debut in December 2017 in the SoundBox series. Mr. Herbert is graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley. Previously, he was a student of Clive Greensmith at the Colburn School.

Mr. Herbert has worked with conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Juanjo Mena, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. As a chamber musician, he has performed with some of the leading musicians of our time including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Franklin Cohen, Pamela Frank, Nobuko Imai, and Meng-Chieh Liu.​ He frequently performs as a duo with pianist Xiaohui Yang, with whom he embarked on tours in the United States and Greece in the 2018–19 season.

Mr. Herbert is frequently invited to participate in music festivals including the Caramoor Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, Krzyżowa Music, Music in the Vineyards, and Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove. In addition to serving as a fellow at the Ravinia Festival, he was invited to perform on a tour with festival director Miriam Fried. At the 2017 Verbier Festival, he was awarded the Prix Jean-Nicolas Firmenich. He has also appeared on National Public Radio’s From the Top.

Mr. Herbert’s most recent awards include a top prize and special prize in the XI Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in 2018, first prize and the Pablo Casals Prize in the 2015 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and a top prize in the 2015 Stulberg International String Competition.

Mr. Herbert currently plays on a 1769 Guadagnini cello that belonged to the Italian cellist Antonio Janigro, on generous loan from the Janigro family.

(September 2019)