A First Prize winner at the age of 14, Olivier Charlier continued his studies at the Paris Conservatoire with Pierre Doukan (violin) and Jean Hubeau (chamber music). His talent caught the attention of great artists such as Nadia Boulanger, Yehudi Menuhin and Henryk Szeryng. Then Olivier won prizes at several international violin competitions: Munich , Montreal, Helsinki Sibelius Competition, the Jacques Thibaud and the SACEM George Enesco Competitions (Paris), Indianapolis (USA) and at the Young Concert Artists International Audition in New York in 1989. As a soloist Olivier has given concerts with major orchestras including the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, CBSO, Berlin Symphony, Hamburg and Saarbrücken Radio Orchestras, Bruxelles, Monte Carlo, Prague, Zagreb, Budapest, New York, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Mexico, Tokyo, Sydney Orchestras…Olivier pursues an active recording career which includes fine works such as the Dutilleux Violin Concerto “L’arbre des songes” with the BBC Philharmonic and Yan Pascal Tortelier, the Roberto Gerhard Concerto with the BBC Symphony conducted by Matthias Bamert (both for Chandos and both nominated for the French ‘Victoires de la Musique’ Awards in 1998 and 1999), Lalo Concertos, the Mendelssohn Concertos with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and Lawrence Foster (Erato), Saint-Saëns with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Jean-Jacques Kantorow (EMI France), as well as a collection of sonatas with Jean Hubeau by the French composers Franck, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Pierné and Vierne (Erato), sonatas by Schumann, Grieg and Beethoven with the pianist Brigitte Engerer (Harmonia Mundi). A recording of Mozart violin concertos n°3, 4 and 5 with the Prague Chamber orchestra is due to be released later this year.