Described by The Telegraph as “phenomenally promising”, the young British conductor Oliver Zeffman was the Classical Music nominee for The TimesBreakthrough Artist Award at the 2018 South Bank Sky Arts Awards, and in 2015 was the youngest of eight nominees for the Nestlé-Salzburg Young Conductor’s Award. Recent and upcoming debuts include with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, KMH Symfoniorkester, London Chamber Orchestra, Ural Youth Symphony Orchestra, Jersey Symphony Orchestra, West Green House Opera and Chelsea Opera Group, whom he leads this season in Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon.
In 2010 Oliver founded the Melos Sinfonia, an orchestra of young professionals, where he continues as Artistic Director. Together, they have given the Russian premieres of a number of important 20th century works — including Maxwell-Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, Walton’s Façade and Ligeti’s Aventures andNouvelles Aventures — and most recently, at the invitation of Valery Gergiev, toured a concert staging of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin to The Mariinsky Theatre. Over the last three years Oliver and the Melos Sinfonia have commissioned thirteen new works from some of the most exciting young composers of today.