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Claudio Olivera

The Venezuelan pianist Claudio Olivera received his first piano classes when he was 8 years old and had his debut as a soloist with orchestra at the age of 12. In 1996 he attended the “Interlochen Arts Camp” in Michigan, USA, where he received the “Van Cliburn Award” for his outstanding piano performance. He has participated in several national and international competitions obtaining numerous prizes. He has played with every major orchestra in his country. He has also performed numerous recitals in various cities in Venezuela, Germany, Chile, the USA, Spain, and France. He studied with Alexander Slobodianik until the Year 2002, receiving a Pianist Certificate from the National Conservatorium of Music “Juan José Landaeta” in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2004, he received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to pursue his masters in Piano and Pedagogy at the Martin Luther Universität Halle – Wittenberg, Germany, where he studied under the tutelage of Prof. Dr. Marco Antonio de Almeida until 2008. In 2009 he came to the United States to work on a Graduate Performing Artist Certificate with Dr. Marina Lomazov at the University of South Carolina, and the same year he received the Yamaha In-Residency Fellowship, an award given by the College Music Society to graduate students with innovative and exemplary programs on community engagement and outreach through classical music. In 2015 he presented at the National Music Teachers Association Conference in Las Vegas as part of USC’s chapter of that organization. In 2016, under the guidance of Dr. Lomazov, he obtained the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the University of South Carolina, where he began working the same year as Adjunct Piano Faculty and Staff Accompanist. He is also currently the music director at the Anglican Cathedral Church of the Epiphany. In 2018 he received the Steinway Top Teacher Award for the Columbia, SC area.