Vivienne Olive

Vivienne Olive (31/05/1950 in London) studied piano, organ, harpsichord, music theory and composition at Trinity College, London, University of York, Milan Conservatorio, Vienna Musikhochschule and Freiburg Musikhochschule. Her composition teachers were Bernard Rands, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati and Klaus Huber. She is recipient of various prizes: Leni Neuenschwander Prize for “Gleichsam einem Garten”, Honourable Mention from Bach Academy, Stuttgart for “Stabat Mater”; City of Hamlyn Prize for “An English Suite”; Stuttgart Composition Prize for “Tomba di Bruno”; and from Donna in Musica for “Ragtimes and Sad Songs” (saxophone quartet). Since 1979 she was full time lecturer for Music Theory and Composition at Hochschule für Musik in Nuremberg. In 1993 and 1995 she took a leave of absence in Australia, teaching at University of Ballarat and James Cook University, Townsville, where she headed the University’s Music Academy. In 2004 she was Composer in Residence in Bundanon. Her recent performances include staging of her children’s opera “The Ugly Duckling” at Nuremberg’s Theater Mummpitz.