drawing by Catie Chapman

Oliver Dubon

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, Estonian Music Days, and LaTex Festivals and by musicians such as GrammyTM– Award winning pianist Nadia Shpachenko, GrammyTM– Award winning vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, the Ónix Ensamble, the Pomona College Orchestra, and musicians of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. In 2021, Dubon was a Fulbright Student Researcher in Tallinn, Estonia where he studied composition with Toivo Tulev and orchestral conducting with Toomas Kapten. Dubon has held artist residencies at the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa, Estonia as well as the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida where he was an associate artist working under Timo Andres. His upcoming works include a double bass + soprano work for the Confluss Duo and an orchestral work for the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra. His mentors in composition include composers Toivo Tulev, Thomas Flaherty, and Karl Kohn, as well as composer-conductor Eric Lindholm. Oliver currently studies at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in the studio of Kurt Stallmann.

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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