OLIVER KWAPIS is a sixteen-year old composer who attends Oakwood School in North Hollywood. He has been studying composition with Dr. Richard Brunner, and viola Colleen Sugata for eight years 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 started at age four when he began to take 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.