• "…blown away by the John Oliver piece" [Traces performed by the Vaughan String Quartet, Edmonton, AB, April 2, 2016] - Dave Selsky

  • John Oliver’s music is alive, vibrant, and exciting. His artistry and craft in composition challenges and delights the performers. - Saxophonist Julia Nolan

  • …a spectacular success…a triumph – Alex Varty in MUSICWORKS on PRESSED FOR TIME (sitar concerto with Mohamed Assani)

  • "A tour de force of orchestral writing, this work is a delightful listening experience." - Elaine Keillor, CAML Review on Forging Utopia

  • "a delicate yet often complex sense of beauty" - Musicworks

  • "I hope you ask John Oliver to write more trio work for you. His cycle was stunning!" - William Aide, pianist, on recent recording of Eternity Gaze for erhu, piano, and guitar by PEP. (See Recordings)

Oliver is among Canada's leading composers

of music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, opera, and electroacoustic media.
Oliver’s music embraces a range of possibilities, resonating the past,
and forging new associations that reflect our time and place.

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