Oliver Dubon (b. 1997) is a musician hailing from rural central Virginia. His compositions take inspiration from such sources as modernist literature, philosophy, and the rural countryside and have been performed at the Atlantic, highSCORE, and Estonian Music Days Festivals and by musicians such as the Eclipse Quartet, Quartetto Indaco, and musicians of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Oliver currently resides in Tallinn, Estonia, where he is a visiting Fulbright Researcher at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater. His upcoming projects include a solo ukulele work for virtuoso Ukulele player Giovanni Albini, a quintet for the Mexico-City based Ónix Ensamble, an orchestral work for the Pomona College Orchestra, and an artist residency at the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa, Estonia. He currently studies in the studio of Toivo Tulev. He studied composition previously with composers Thomas Flaherty and Karl Kohn.
Dubon began orchestral conducting at the age of 18 with the University of Virginia’s Cavalier Symphony Orchestra. With a strong affection for new music, Dubon has also conducted the premiere of Matthew Brown’s two-hour long musical, The Beginner’s Guide to Falling in Love, and Elliott Carter’s Elegy with a string orchestra of performers from the Pomona College Orchestra.
Dubon began playing the tuba in his middle school band at the age of 14, and since then has played tuba in the All-Virginia Concert Band, the University of Virginia Cavalier Symphony Orchestra, the University of Virginia New Music Ensemble, the Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia’s Youth Symphony, the Stanford Youth Orchestra, the Northwestern CBDNA Concert Band, and the Pomona College Concert Band and Orchestra. He has performed as a concert soloist with the Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia’s Youth Symphony as well as the Pomona College Orchestra, winning the concerto competitions hosted by both institutions.
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