Los Angeles-based composer Oliver Kwapis writes works for both concert and musical theater settings. He has written for a diverse range of ensembles, including the Atlantic Brass Quintet and has had his music featured at the 2018 Mostly Modern Festival Institute and the 2018 soundSCAPE Festival. He was commissioned to write a work for The National Children’s Chorus’ 2014/2015 season which was premiered, along with another work of his, at The Broad Stage in Los Angeles and performed again at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Kwapis was also a 2015-2017 fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program, during which The Los Angeles Philharmonic premiered two of his orchestral works in Walt Disney Concert Hall. Through the program, he was also able to participate in readings with members of both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, as well as the Calder Quartet.
He is currently a senior at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying with Stephen Hartke, Jesse Jones and Elizabeth Ogonek to receive his B.M. in composition. He was recently awarded the Walter E. Aschaffenburg Prize, given to a graduating Oberlin Conservatory senior for outstanding music composition. In the fall of 2019, he will begin studies at The Jacobs School of Music to receive his M.M. in composition.