British/Irish conductor Olivia Clarke was born in London and is based in Berlin. A recipient of the DAAD scholarship for her conducting studies, Olivia trained at the International Conducting Academy Berlin, Universität der Künste, graduating in 2020.
Before moving to Berlin, Olivia completed her Masters in singing at the Royal
Conservatoire of Scotland and read Music with an Organ Scholarship at the Queen's
College, University of Oxford.
Olivia’s recent opera engagements include Assistant Conductor Orphée
Assistant Conductor l’heure espagnole, Angélique, la voix humaine Universität der
Künste, Assistant Conductor/Répétiteur Die Zauberflöte Oper oder Spree.
Olivia has recently conducted orchestras such as Deutsche Symphonie Orchester,
Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Magdeburgische Philharmonie, Brandenburger
Symphoniker and Bochum Symphoniker as part of her studies at the UdK. From 2018-2019
Olivia held the position of principal conductor of Orchester Benjamin Franklin Berlin.
Olivia has studied conducting with Steven Sloane and Sian Edwards and has taken
part in masterclasses with Sir Roger Norrington, Alice Farnham, Jane Glover, Claire Gibault,
Anthony Hermus, and Garry Walker.
While living in Scotland Olivia founded Fox Opera, a company for young
professionals, with whom she performed Der Schauspieldirekor and le docteur miracle.
A keen performer of contemporary opera, Olivia conducted the Art of Venus Music Troupe for the London new opera festival Tête à Tête, and was Musical Director for The Beautiful Bridegroom by Shore performed at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Alongside conducting, Olivia works as a repetiteur, vocal coach, accompanist for singers, and continuo player and recently worked as a repetiteur for British Youth Opera's production of The Rake's Progress/Stravinsky. Olivia also enjoys a long-standing relationship with the Finchley Children's Music Group in London, a choir she was once a member of, and now teaches and conducts on their annual summer schools. Olivia is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.
Olivia is currently mentored by Jennifer Spencer at IMG Artist Management.