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ABOUT

 

Olivier

Depierre

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1973, Olivier Depierre started to study solfege and piano at the age of 7 by the Geneva Conservatory of Music. He later also studied singing in various classical choirs and started to write songs around 17, after studies exclusively dedicated to the classical genre (solfege, recorder and piano). After graduating from high school in Switzerland, Olivier accomplished a degree (BA) at Berklee College of Music, Boston USA. 5 semesters later, he left Boston with a degree (BA) in songwriting, cum laude.

Back in Switzerland, Olivier studied orchestration in the Geneva Conservatory with the late Jean Balissat. During a masterclass in Kromeriz, Czech Republic, he conducted Beethoven's Overtures Coriolan and Egmont with the Bohuslav Martinu Symphony Orchestra.

 

As from 2001, he specialized in MIDI sample programming in his own professional studio environment and later produced his own pop album with Swiss musicians Christophe Matthey, Jan Peyer, Yves Zahno, Carlos Garcia, Maxence Sibille, Alenko as well as the first chairs of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Abdel-Hamid El Shwekh and Medhat Abdel-Salam (violin) Elçim Özdemir (viola) and Cheryl House (cello). Mixing was done in collaboration with sound engineer Michel Gallone and Stéphane Monhart. Mastering was carried out by Tom Coyne, at Sterling Sound, New York.

Today, Olivier composes music mainly in classical, film and pop genres for private individuals and corporate companies. His current classical and film music influences are mainly G. Mahler, M. Ravel, O. Respighi, G. Holst, J. Williams, A. Silvestri, J. Goldsmith, H. Zimmer, D. Elfman, J.N. Howard, T. Folmann and J. Everingham.

In September 2019, Olivier was one of the 5 finalists (out of 321 contestants from 46 countries) at the 8th International Film Music Competition of the 15th Zurich Film Festival (www.filmmusiccompetition.ch/en), for his original composition and orchestration of the film "Danny and the wild bunch" of American film director Robert Rugan. Olivier's piece was performed live by the Zurich Tonhalle Orchester on 28th September 2019 at the Tonhalle Maag concert hall in Zurich, Switzerland