Abby Oliver

Instrument

Violin

Abby grew up in Lincoln, Alabama, where she began learning violin at the age of 8. She attended high school at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. In 2004, she was the Alabama scholarship recipient of the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Festival. Abby received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying with Gabe Pegis of the Cincinnati Symphony. While in school, she participated in many summer music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, CCM Spoleto, and the National Orchestral Institute.

Abby has been playing with the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra since 2016. She also currently plays with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in Maryland. Abby has held positions with the Huntsville Symphony and has played regularly with the Richmond Symphony as well as the Auckland Philharmonia. She made her solo debut in 2012 with the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra. Abby has also been a private violin instructor for almost a decade, and was the violin instructor at Jacksonville University and Talladega College for two years while living in Alabama.

How I got started playing my instrument

When I was 7 years old I attended an arts camp in Talladega, AL.  One day a violinist came in to play and talk about the instrument.  I went home that day begging my parents for a violin.  They gave me one for Christmas and I started lessons soon after that.

Favorite Composer

Beethoven

Favorite solo piece

Sonata in A Major by César Frank

Other than classical music _____ is on my phone/iPod

Other than classical music, I listen to a lot of acoustic or rock music.