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OLIVER KWAPIS is a seventeen-year old composer who attends Oakwood School in North Hollywood. He is currently a fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Composer Fellowship Program. During this two-year fellowship, he has had the incredible opportunity to work with composers James Matheson, A.J. McCaffrey, and Sarah Gibson, and guest composers, such as Kaija Saariaho, John Corigliano, Magnus Lindberg, and Andrew Norman. His compositions have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in concert and by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Ensembles and members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale in readings. He has also recently been commissioned to write a work for The National Children’s Chorus 2014/2015 season which will be premiered at The Broad Stage in Los Angeles and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. He has also studied composition with Dr. Richard Brunner, viola Colleen Sugata, and music theory with Kathy Sawada at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. He has also attended summer sessions at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Oliver interest in music began at age four when he took music classes at Colburn. He went on to study the piano before deciding to focus on viola and composition. He participates in and has written music for the New Music Ensemble at Oakwood and the Oakwood High School Chorus. He also teaches music to elementary school students in The Community Youth Partnership, a program that offers free arts and science instruction to children in the community. Oliver’s compositional influences are diverse and range Arvo Part to Ravel to John Adams. He has also drawn inspiration from his interest in architecture and film. He has been an avid concertgoer, attending numerous performances given by the LA Phil, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Opera, the Ojai Music Festival, and the Coachella Festival. Oliver enjoys playing and writing all types of music from jazz, rock, improvisatory to classical.