Olivier Charlier has firmly established himself as one of the leading French violinists of his generation: after graduating with a First Prize degree from the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM) at 14, he became a winner of prestigious international competitions such as Munich, Montreal, Sibelius in Helsinki, Jacques Thibaud in Paris, Indianapolis, Young Concert Artists in New York. He readily became the protégé of Nadia Boulanger, Yehudi Menuhin and Henryk Szeryng. He was invited by more than fifty French orchestras (Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre de l’Opéra…), as well as illustrious international symphonic ensembles (London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, CBSO Birmingham, Berlin Symphonic Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Nederlands Philharmonisch, The Hague Residency-Orchestra, Monte-Carlo, Prague, Zagreb, New York, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Quebec city, Mexico, Tokyo, Beijing, Sydney…)
His recording activities include a large concerto repertoire: Dutilleux (The Tree of Dreams), Lalo, Saint-Saens, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Vivaldi; and also Edward Gregson, Gerard Schurmann, Marius Constant and Cyril Scott. He has recorded many French chamber sonatas with the pianist Jean Hubeau (Franck, Debussy, Saint-Saens, Pierné, Vierne) and with Brigitte Engerer. He also made recordings of Beethoven’s works as well as the complete works by Schumann and Grieg. The Owon trio he formed with Emmanuel Strosser and Sun-Won Yang will be celebrating 10 years of existence, with a wide range of CD releases to its credit: Schubert, Dvorak, Beethoven (complete works), Messiaen (Quartet for the End of Time); and an upcoming CD featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Weinberg.
Olivier Charlier has been a violin teacher at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris since 1992, succeeding his former teacher Pierre Doukan.
He is regularly invited as a jury member of international competitions such as Menuhin, Jacques Thibaud in Paris, Indianapolis, Sendai, Munich, Sibelius in Helsinki, Sarasate and Hanover.