won his first international
competition at the age of 11. Two years later, upon receiving his
Premier Prix from the Grenoble Conservatory, he
entered London’s prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School. At the Menuhin
School, he had the privilege of studying with Lord Menuhin himself
and in 1991, performed J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins with
Maestro Menuhin at the Montpellier Opera House, France. By the time
he arrived in America in 1992, he had already concertized in
Austria, England, France, Belgium, Lithuania and Russia.
Fluchaire gave his New York recital debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie
Hall in 2001 as winner of the Artists International Competition.
Following engagements with the French Philharmonia Orchestra,
Bachanalia Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony, Hunter Symphony, Orchestra
of the Bronx and the Camerata Lisy, he has recorded for the Vox and
Keuka Labels, as well as Radio France, MDR Leipzig, “The Listening
Room with Robert Sherman,” WQXR-FM, National Public Radio and the
BBC Television, Bronxnet Television, National Educational Television
and France 3 Television.
Olivier Fluchaire has performed chamber
music concerts alongside members of the Guarneri, American, and
Emerson string quartets, as well as Martin Canin, Nina Beilina, Mark
Peskanov and Anthony McGill and is a founding member of the New York
String Quartet. An ardent champion of new music, he has
premiered works by standing composers such as Toshi Ichiyanagi,
Samuel Adler, Nils Vigeland, David Keberle, Mathew Harris, Gerald
Chenoweth, Lethat Klein and Elias Tanenbaum.
During the 2010 season, Olivier
Fluchaire is scheduled to tour Alaska performing Mendelssohn violin
concerto Op. 64. He will also perform Astor Piazzolla’s Cuatro
Estaciones Portenas with the University of Alaska-Anchorage
Sinfonia Orchestra and chamber music alongside clarinetist Alexander
Fiterstein as well as pianists Piotr Paleczny and Gary Hammond and
cellist Astred Schween. He will be featured at concerts hosted by
the Kosciuszko Foundation, Bargemusic, College of Staten
Island/CUNY, Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Hunter
College/CUNY, University of Fairbanks/Alaska, Manhattan Chamber
Orchestra and Music in Midtown.
Olivier Fluchaire studied with Daniel
Phillips, Patinka Kopec, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Guen En Shen and
Jacques Ghesthem. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees
on a merit scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music and is
currently a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, as a
recipient of a New York Times Fellowship. Olivier Fluchaire serves
on the violin and chamber music faculty at Hunter College and the
College of Staten Island, City University of New York.