Violinist, Composer and Painter, Sarn Oliver has performed throughout the United States, Hawaii, Russia, Europe and Japan. His performances include a CD of Violin Concertos with Montpellier Chamber Orchestra and recitals, concertos and chamber music. He is a first violinist with the San Francisco Symphony. A very active chamber musician. He founded the Tilden Trio and Tangled Duo. He founded and directed the Marin Chamber Music Festival and performs frequently at music festivals in the states and abroad. He is currently a board member for the Contemporary Music organization, Ebb & Flow Arts, Maui. Mr. Oliver also Supports Non-Profit Arts groups such as: The Open String, Harmony project SF and Música Marin by performing benefit concerts. In the Bay area, Sarn Oliver can be found collaborating with his symphony colleagues on the SFS Chamber Series, Chamber Music Sundaes, and at UCSF’s Cole Hall. A recording engineer, Mr. Oliver created the record Label SarnWorks to promote Contemporary Music and Chamber Music.
Sarn Oliver’s compositions have been performed in Kazan Russia, Japan, Europe the US. This November a new work, “I Am Nothing” commissioned for solo piano will be performed in Seoul, Korea. He’s been called “an unusually thoughtful and eclectically-minded composer” by the San Francisco Classical Voice. His early works were influenced by collaboration with pianist/composer Robert Pollock and his twelve-tone composer father, Harold Oliver.
Mr. Oliver began his violin studies with Elmar Olivera and Ronald Neal. He went on to receive his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School with Sally Thomas. He also studied with Ivan Galamian, Felix Galimir and others. He taught at Juilliard Pre-College and The MeadowMount School as assistant to Sally Thomas. Mr. Oliver has served as professor of violin in UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UOP Stockton. His students have gone on to study at The Juilliard School, Manhattan school, Bard University SF Conservatory and to Concert Masters, conductors and chamber musicians.
Sarn has painted throughout his life. As a young painter moving from NY to California he was influenced by Sacramento Artists Fred Dalkey and Wayne Thiebaud. This November, “Contemporary Arts Gallery” 1506 Lincoln ave. Calistoga, CA will be having “An introduction and inaugural exhibition to meet Sarn Oliver the Painter”. The show will include multimedia installations that combine his paintings with a music composition. The music compositions are recorded in the SarnWorks studio and play through the canvas when a viewer moves in front of the painting. Sarn’s digital art and several different series of his painted work on Canvas and Wood will be presented.