Olivier Ochanine is the 1st Prize Winner of the 2015 Antal Dorati International Conducting Competition in Budapest, Hungary, in which he surpassed nearly 120 other conductors from 23 countries; the prize leads to further performances in Europe. In addition, he is winner of the prestigious The American Prize (2015) in the Professional Orchestra Conducting division. Olivier is also 2nd Prize Winner in the 2015 London Classical Soloists International Conducting Competition, where he conducted the orchestra in various Beethoven symphonies.
Regularly praised for his charisma on and off podium as well as for his breadth of orchestral repertoire, Olivier is the youngest to have been Music Director of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in the orchestra's history. His stint with the PPO spanned two three-year terms from 2010 to 2016.
A native of Paris, Olivier Ochanine began music studies in France. He continued music studies in the United States, and expanded his focus to orchestral conducting, taking up graduate studies and attending master classes with some of the best conducting mentors, including Mark Gibson, Gustav Meier, Marin Alsop, Larry Livingston, Robert Baldwin, John Barnett, John Farrer, and Achim Holub. He obtained his Masters Degree in Conducting from the University of Southern California (USC), where he was given the Conducting Department Award in 2003. In 2009, he began his Doctoral Studies in Orchestral Conducting at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under Mark Gibson.
A flutist and bassist, Olivier earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of Kentucky. He has also played as bassist for the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.
Olivier has been invited to the California Conductors Institute several times. In 2009, Mr. Ochanine was among a handful of conductors nationally to be invited by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop to conduct in the Cabrillo Music Festival in Santa Cruz, California and to participate in a conducting workshop. He has also been a participant in the Cincinnati College-Conservatory's conducting workshops.
Olivier's term with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the nation's leading orchestra, started with the 2010-2011 performance season. Under his leadership, the orchestra has performed numerous Philippine premieres. In June 2016, the orchestra performed at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall, a project that Olivier worked for three years to make a reality. Through his initiative, the orchestra is the first Filipino orchestra ever to have performed in the revered venue.
In the Philippines, Olivier is an active clinician, leading chamber music masterclasses at schools; he has also led conducting masterclasses for the Cultural Center of the Philippines. As part of his outreach mission, Olivier serves as head visiting conductor for the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth, a program geared toward talented youth that stem from severely unfortunate financial backgrounds. Olivier is a strong believer in advocacy and heritage, and recently won a campaign he spearheaded to save the best performance hall in Manila - the Philamlife Theater - from demolishment by a large commercial developer.
He has collaborated with artists such as violinist Odin Rathnam, Argentinian bandoneonist Rodolfo Mederos, and celebrated pianist Cecile Licad. He is a regular guest conductor with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra and Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra (China), and has also conducted the Cincinnati College-Conservatory Orchestras, Budapest MAV Symphony Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, and Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming conducting engagements include the Esterhàza Festival Orchestra, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and Virtuosi Italiani. Aside from Carnegie Hall, notable halls Olivier has conducted in include the legendary Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and China's National Centre for the Performing Arts.