Sarn Oliver is a Director on E&FA’s Board. He is a Violinist, Composer, and has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. As winner of several competitions he has appeared in solo performances with numerous orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony, Sacramento Symphony and the Shreveport Symphony. He was a featured artist on the PBS television program “State of the Arts” and his concerts have been broadcast on radio stations throughout the country. Mr. Oliver’s violin playing has been described by San Francisco Classical Voice as “ simply phenomenal.” His performances can be heard on many recordings including his 1991 recording of the Benda and Stamitz Violin Concertos with the Montpellier Chamber Orchestra, Sete France and on the 2002 Fish Creek Music recording of Eric Ewazen’s Quintet for English horn and String Quartet.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Oliver performs on chamber music festivals and series through out the United States. He has also been a member of The Archduke Trio and The Ansonia Trio in NY and is founding member of the Tilden Trio which performs throughout the country. Other accomplishments include the creation of the jazz group, the Continuum which performed throughout Northern California. Mr. Oliver is also a recording engineer and producer. He founded of SarnWorks Recording Studio in 2007 and is has been actively recording, producing and engineering.
As a composer, in 2005, Mr. Oliver’s “Trio One” for two violins and viola was premiered at the Chamber Music Series at Davies Symphony Hall. The San Francisco Classical Voice hailed him as: “an unusually thoughtful and eclectically-minded composer.” His “Tilden Park” was also performed on the Davies Hall series. An advocate for contemporary music, Mr. Oliver performed frequently for the Guild of Composers, New York, and Composers Guild of New Jersey. He has premiered numerous works including “Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra” written for him by his father, Harold Oliver. Oliver received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard, as a student of Sally Thomas. Oliver is currently a first violinist in the San francisco Symphony Orchestra. He plays on a 1703 Joseph Filius Andreas Guarnari violin and a modern Grubaugh and Siefert violin.