Born in 1995, Oliver Shermacher grew up in Bonny Hills on the New South Wales Mid-North Coast, beginning clarinet at the age of 10. He went on to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Francesco Celata and is currently living between Germany and Australia, freelancing and studying his Masters at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik with Kilian Herold.
Oliver rose to prominence in the Australian music scene after winning the Freedman Fellowship in 2018 and reaching the Grand Finals of the 2018 ABC Young Performers Award, also receiving the Audience Choice award. He has recently been awarded the highly prestigious recognition of the 1st Prize and Audience Choice at the 2022 Aeolus Competition in Düsseldorf, one of the World's most significant competitions for wind players. Oliver has featured in many of Australia’s prominent music festivals, including Extended Play and the Canberra International Music Festival, and has performed as soloist with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Apex Ensemble and is the Artist in Residence with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra for their 2021/2022 Season. Oliver has played as Principal Clarinet with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra and with the Australian World Orchestra on Bass Clarinet.
Oliver is a passionate arranger, composer and educator and has been regularly working as an Animateur with the AYO Momentum Ensemble, devising workshops and collaborative performances with special needs students around Australia as well as teaching privately in Sydney and in Germany. Oliver co-commissioned the Alice Chance Clarinet Concerto and will be performing its World Premiere in October 2022 with the Willoughby Symphony.