Dover Talent  - Oliver Poole

For all of our friends and Oliver’s followers who have been asking about his progress at the Royal College of Music, his charity and his performance career, here is an update.

We are pleased to say that Oliver has achieved a First Class Honours degree. As well as piano, he took as many options as possible including composition, conducting, film music and electronic music. Together with practising six hours every day and travelling for concerts, it is a great achievement.

His concerts for this month are at Cadogan Hall on 4th July and The Henley Festival on 11th July. 

Here are the links:

His recent concerts in Beirut were an outstanding success and for those who can read French.

Here is a link to a local review:

Oliver’s charity is still actively collecting funds on behalf of children with cancer in Siberia. 

He is looking to put together a group to run in next year’s London Marathon to raise funds for the charity.  If any of you are interested to participate in the marathon for this worthy cause, please contact Oliver through his following charity web site.

P.S. Oliver has composed 2 new pieces for the CD “Passably Prescient Poems” to be released for UN’s charity WFP. It is a compilation of different artists, including Jools Holland.

The two pieces can be found on:

Hope to see  you at one of his concerts.


Oliver Poole

The Dover Society is keen to support talent

Oliver Poole at the age of 14 came to the notice of the Society and we are delighted that his talent has been developed.

Oliver Poole, born in Kent in 1991, is a pianist and composer with remarkable gifts for improvisation. By age eight he had two EPTA awards as the most promising young pianist in Europe, the title Kent Young Pianist of the Year, performed with the National Youth Orchestra, at Nimbus Records and Claves Records, recorded live. At age nine he went to study with the legendary Russian pianist Lazar Berman in Italy. In 2009 he was awarded the prestigious Founders Scholarship at the Royal College of Music, London, for piano and composition studies. He receives regular coaching from the prominent Russian pianist Dmitri Alexeev.

As a gifted improviser, Oliver enjoys live interaction, often improvising on the original themes provided by the audience. He lectures on music and looks for new ways of promoting classical music in the younger generation, especially in school children. As a composer, Oliver writes in various styles. His performed music includes pieces for solo piano, string quartets, a wind trio, orchestral works, a concerto for two pianos and numerous sound tracks for his own films. He premiered his Concerto for Two Pianos at the International Ninios Geniales Symposium in Granada, Spain, in 2004. Oliver has many interests outside music, such as philosophy, astronomy, religion, history and visual arts, and creates his own textures and sounds in order to develop music further into synthesis of all genres. Thus wider audiences are reached. One of his Lisbon concerts was recorded live by Portuguese radio and broadcast throughout Europe. He has performed in the season 2008-09 in Russia as he stepped in at the last moment to replace an indisposed soloist to perform the Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue with the Russian Philharmonic. He closed the season with the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. The 2009-10 season will take him to St.Petersburg with Anton Rubinstein's Piano Concerto No 3, Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F as well as Rubinstien's Piano Concerto No.3 in Barnaul, Siberia, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Omsk Symphony Orchestra, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2 with the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra and a 12 concert Spring tour around Siberian villages raising funds for his Siberian Appeal charity. 

An advocate for charities, Oliver has long been performing concerts for the benefit of the UNICEF Children in Need Fund, also for Maison Million and DownSideUp Appeals. After his recent performances in Siberia, he has launched his own charity, The Siberian Appeal, to help children in intensive care units. Funds are being raised through his concerts, incl. the recent performances in Guernsey, France, UK, Russia. News 24, Russian TV, BBC Guernsey and organisers of the venues have been incredibly supportive. Oliver is the youngest artist of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation.

There is now an opportunity to view his work on Utube