August 17 - 31, 2019

Oliver Wille


Oliver Wille was born in Berlin 1975 and started playing the violin at the age of five. He studied in Berlin and Cologne, at the Indiana University Bloomington as well as the New England Conservatory Boston. His teachers included Prof. Eberhard Feltz, Christoph Poppen, Mauricio Fuks, Ulf Wallin and Michelle Auclair. With Jana Kuss, Oliver Wille is a founding member of the Kuss Quartet. He is regularly moderating lecture concerts, creating new concert formats, and leading workshops, for example at the Heidelberg Spring Festival, he is writing program brochures and CD booklets as well.


Oliver WilleSince October 2011, Oliver Wille teaches as a professor of chamber music at the Academy of Music in Hanover, where he supervises an international quartet class. The institute is a pioneer in the field of chamber music education through its creative and innovative projects.


He is a visiting professor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatory, England and is the director of a new quartet academy. Previously, he worked at the University of Karlsruhe and has been teaching together with Walter Levin the Graduate Quartet Program at the Music Academy Basel. In 2013, he was substituting Prof. Mauricio Fuks at Indiana University.


Since 2013, he has been leading a quartet masterclass at the International Concert Weeks in Goslar and was the Artistic Director of the International Summer Academy Lower Saxony at the Frenswegen Monastery for 3 years.


He regularly gives courses at ProQuartet in Paris.


Oliver Wille has performed in orchestras of the Deutsche Oper, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, in the Frankfurt Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Camerata Bern and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. under conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding and Andris Nelson. In 2011 he took over the artistic direction of the chamber music series in Hanover, from 2014–16 he curated a quartet festival “quartetaffairs” in the new hall of Frankfurt’s Holzhausenschlösschen.


Since 2016, Oliver Wille is artistic director of the Summer Music Festival Hitzacker. Since 2018, he is chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Karl Klingler Foundation. The committee of the German Music Council has also appointed him as Chairman of the Advisory Board and Jury of the German Music Competition.