Assistant Professor of Music Mark Olivieri was recently featured in WXXI’s “Sharp Ears” series. The radio series features a different musician each week, discussing how the music they listen to affects their own compositions or informs their playing.
A lover of all music, Olivieri describes the music he is most drawn to as visceral, and he tries to emulate these qualities in his own work.
“I sit down to write music that I’m inspired by.” And though he wants his music to resonate with his audience, “For me it’s like breathing; I have to write music,” says Olivieri. “I write music for me.”
Olivieri joined the HWS faculty in 2010. He holds a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, a M.M. from Ithaca College Music Conservatory, and a B.M. from Heidelberg College. Prior to arriving at the Colleges, Olivieri served as Composer-in-Residence in the Department of Dance at The College at Brockport. He has played and composed for luminaries like the Jose Limon, Sean Curran, Doug Varone, and Smith Dance Companies. His ongoing collaborations as both pianist and composer with dance icon Bill Evans have led to numerous performances of new works.
The Sharp Ears interview with Olivieri is available online.