He studies the oboe at the Royal College of Music, London with John Anderson graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) First Class in 2012. He achieved a PGDip in 2013 and is continuing with the final year of a Master of Orchestral Performance postgraduate degree with Fabien Thouand, Gareth Hulse, Jacques Tys and Christine Pendrill.
Oliver is an RCM Rising Star and a John Nickson Scholar. He has been awarded a Musicians Benevolent Fund Postgraduate Performance Award and the Philharmonia Orchestra MMSF June Allison Award for an outstanding woodwind player which includes a pre-concert recital at the Royal Festival Hall in February 2014.
He has frequently played principal oboe with the RCM Symphony Orchestra, RCM Philharmonic Orchestra, RCM Classical Orchestra and RCM New Perspectives Ensemble and has worked with Bernard Haitink and Roger Norrington. He has performed as soloist with the RCM Wind Orchestra in the Oboe Concerto “Elegy for Ur” by Edwin Roxburgh, receiving personal congratulations from the composer; the reviewer Phillip Scott writing in WASBE World "Oliver Phillips was the outstanding soloist, negotiating the Concerto's many technical and emotional challenges with mature mastery."
In July Oliver will play with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group for the premiere of The Lighthouse Keepers at the Cheltenham Music Festival and he will perform the Six Metamorphoses after Ovid by Benjamin Britten at a Southbank Foyer Concert at the Royal Festival Hall in September. Solo performances include the Concerto for Violin and Oboe by JS Bach with the St James Sinfonia and the Concerto for Oboe and Strings by Vaughan Williams with the Guernsey Sinfonietta.
Oliver’s chamber group, the Oak Trio, performs in London and Oliver is on the Extras List for the Northern Sinfonia.