Name: Damon Oliver
Having been surrounded by jazz music from a young age, Damon took a keen interest in saxophone and began his studies aged 12 in his local home of Bournemouth. He was determined to take his studies further and moved to London to begin his course at the Royal College of Music in 2012, where he is now in his final year of joint principle study of Jazz and Classical disciplines with Martin Robertson, Mark Lockheart and Andy Panayi. He has performed for various masterclasses throughout his time at the RCM, including playing for Arno Bornkamp, Gerard McChrystal, Ignascio Gascón, Naomi Sullivan and Masahito Sugihara.
Damon constantly seeks to explore a diverse range of music and came second in RCM saxophone competition in 2014 performing Stockhausen’s SOLO, fur Melodieinstrument mit Ruckkopplung and Bach’s Sonata in G minor arranged for saxophone. An avid chamber musician, Damon has been working extensively in saxophone quartets and has several exciting projects that are up and coming including working with a string quartet and forming a new duo with pianist Beth Haughan.