Assistant Professor of Music, Mark Olivieri recently completed his newly commissioned work, “Tilt,” for piano and percussion. Tilt was commissioned by pianist Dr. Sonia K. Vlahcevic and will premiere in Stockholm, Sweden in the summer of 2015. The American premiere will occur at the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, in the fall of 2015.
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.
This spring, Olivieri was 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.