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Oliver Webber


Oliver Webber's education took him to Wells, Cambridge, London and The Hague, and laid the foundations for an eclectic and adventurous approach to historical performance. He is the artistic director of the Monteverdi String Band, internationally acclaimed for their engaging performances and innovative programming, often informed by his passion for historical Italian language and literature; recent programmes have included poetry, sword-fighting and a specially commissioned play on the life of Galileo.
 
As a violin soloist Oliver is often seen at major UK venues, as well as European festivals, including the Festival Paganiniano di Carro, Italy and the Vrijdag van Vredenburg series, Utrecht. He is a member of the London Handel Players, Passacaglia and the Parley of Instruments, and his violin and (speaking!) voice are often heard on Radio 3.
 
Orchestral leading and directing also form a large part of his work, in programmes ranging from 16tth century monody to the operas of Hasse; he is the leader of Ludus Baroque (Edinburgh) and guest leader with Gabrieli, the London Handel Orchestra and the English Baroque Soloists. He makes his own gut strings, and his research in that field has helped several orchestras to remodel their historical sound. Bringing the fruits of research to life on the concert platform is a driving force behind his work. 
 
He is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and lectures throughout Europe on historical performance; recent destinations include Basel and Krakow. Oliver lives in London with his wife and two sons, although they spend as much time as possible in the mountains of Liguria.