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Doctor Benjamin Oliver

Dr Benjamin Oliver

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Composition (Instrumental and Electronic)
  • Conducting Research
  • Sonification

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.


Address: B2, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)


Benjamin Oliver is a composer, conductor and jazz pianist.

Ben's music has been performed internationally, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, released on labels including Linn and Prima Facie, and his ‘Loop Concerto for jazz trio and large ensemble’ was nominated in the Contemporary Jazz category of the British Composer Awards 2017.

Key musical collaborators and commissioners include: pianist Yshani Perinpanayagam; Ensemble Paramirabo (Montreal); London Sinfonietta; ensemble mise-en (New York); BBC Symphony Orchestra; toy pianist Dorothy Chan (New York); jazz pianist Ivo Neame; and theorboist Elizabeth Kenny.

Ben has undertaken a wide range of conducting with youth and professional ensembles including Workers Union Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, Performing Arts Collaboration South and Kent County Youth Orchestra.

Ben teaches a range of undergraduate modules in composition, ensemble performance and community music as well as supervising composition MMus portfolios and PhD projects.

Ben was Head of Music at Southampton from 2019 until 2022 and is currently Exams and Academic Integrity Officer.

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