Oliver Cox has performed all over the world as both concerto soloist and chamber musician, primarily with his percussion duo, O Duo, which he co-founded in 2000 at the Royal College of Music, London.
O Duo had a huge impact on the UK music scene, performing three times at the BBC Proms, giving several recitals at the Wigmore Hall, starring as concerto soloists in the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s 80th Birthday celebration concert at the Barbican Hall in London, and broadcasting live on both national TV and Radio several times. In addition, they have released two critically acclaimed discs of percussion duo music and have given countless other performances around the globe.
‘The duo’s wonderful rapport, both with each other and with their audiences, together with their extraordinary virtuosity, versatility and physical prowess, adds up to a visual and artistic feast that is exhilarating and utterly irresistible’ (Oxford Mail)
Inspiring the next generation of musicians has always been high on Oliver’s agenda and he has been heavily involved in several music education programs over the years. From 2008 to 2018, Oliver was the co-artistic director of Children’s Classic Concerts (CCC), Scotland’s best loved series of family concerts, and during his 10 year tenure, the organisation went from strength to strength, diversifying their concert and workshop programme, expanding their reach across Scotland as well as forging a new and highly successful partnership with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In addition, Oliver has led workshops with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and many others.
Oliver has played with many of the UK’s top orchestras and ensembles, including London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Hebrides Ensemble. He has held several teaching posts, most recently Visiting Professor of Percussion at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, specialising in Solo Performance, Chamber Music and Latin Percussion.