A passionate musical storyteller, Oliver Kwapis (b. 1997) draws inspiration from a variety of music, visual art, and literature in order to create works that are narratively rich and sonically adventurous. Equally inspired by Sondheim and Susato, Randy Newman and Judith Weir, Kwapis endeavors to find a unique and fresh musical pallet for each of his works. Kwapis has composed orchestral, chamber, vocal and electronic works which have been performed and recorded by a diverse range of ensembles and artists, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Children’s Chorus, Calder Quartet, Atlantic Brass Quintet, Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble and pianist Eric Huebner. His work has been heard at venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and The Broad Stage. He has also had his music featured at the Fresh Inc Festival, June in Buffalo, Mostly Modern Festival Institute and the soundSCAPE
Composition and Performer Exchange. Recently, his string sextet, My Mad Dances, was named as a finalist for Delirium Musicum’s 2019 Call for Scores and received an Honorable Mention from the Boston New Music Initiative’s Fifth Annual Young Composers Competition. From 2015-2017, Kwapis was a fellow with Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program. He holds a B.Mus. from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Stephen Hartke, Jesse Jones and Elizabeth Ogonek and where he was awarded the Walter E. Aschaffenburg Prize. He is currently pursuing his M.Mus. at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where he studies with P. Q. Phan.
Learn more about Oliver’s work on SoundCloud.