Organist Hector Olivera, who has performed with the likes of the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, comes to Venice Feb. 17, as the next featured performer in the Venice Community Concert Series.
Born in Buenas Aires, Olivera began playing the pipe organ at the age of 3, under his father’s guidance. By the age of 6 he was studying at the Buenos Aires Conservatory. By the age of 9, according to a release, he had composed “a suite for oboe and string orchestra, which was performed by the Buenas Aires Symphony Orchestra.” At 16 he was awarded a scholarship to Julliard, which led to a career that would take him around the world and finally, in 1988, a triumphant return to Argentina “as a national hero.” He was invited twice to perform for conventions of the American Guild of Organists (1992 and 2002) and played a concert at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in 2007.
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