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 GrammyTM– Award winning pianist Nadia Shpachenko, the Ónix Ensamble, Eclipse Quartet, Quartetto Indaco, 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 projects include a new work for the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, a piano solo work for pianist Anthony Ratinov, and an installation work at the Turrell Skyspace at Rice University. 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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