Born in California in 1981, Charles Anthony Oliveras started playing clarinet at the age of nine.
He attended the University of Redlands and received his Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance in 2003. During his time there, Anthony served as bass clarinetist, Eb clarinetist and principal clarinetist in the University of Redlands Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Symphony. He also performed and toured as a soloist with the Redlands String Quartet. As a member of the Twentieth Century Music Club he premiered many wonderful new works, a few of which were written especially for him. In 2003 he was awarded the Presser Foundation Music Scholarship.
After completing his studies in California, Anthony moved to Vienna and began post-graduate studies at the Vienna Conservatory of Music. While a student there, he was afforded the opportunity to personally work with George Crumb and perform some of his chamber music in the Wiener Konzerthaus Festival: Portrait George Crumb. He also played clarinet, bass clarinet and alto saxophone in Paul Dessau’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle in the Schauspielhaus Wien and in the Grand Theatre de la ville Luxembourg. In October 2007, he performed in the International Music Festival Tamaulipas (Mexico).
Anthony has been a member of the Vienna Residence Orchestra since 2007. He has also served as the principal clarinetist of the Robert Stolz Chamber Orchestra – Sinfonia Piccola since 2008. This was the ensemble with which he performed the Austrian premiere of Joseph Beer’s Polnische Hochzeit in the Wiener Operettensommer in 2012 (clarinet/alto saxophone). Anthony has also been regularly performing with the Max Steiner Orchestra as well as the Sinfoniette Baden since 2012 and he is also currently a member of the Mozartissimi Orchestra.
In addition to his activities as an orchestral and chamber musician, Anthony has also enjoyed a fulfilling and successful career as a teacher. He has been giving private clarinet lessons since he was 16 years old. As a member of the music faculty at the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Vienna) since 2011, he has been afforded the opportunity to work with undergraduate college students from all over the U.S. while they spend time abroad in Vienna.
Anthony’s primary clarinet instructors include: Alexander Neubauer, Roger Salander, and Phil Rehfeldt. He has participated in masterclasses or taken private lessons with: Stanley Drucker, the vienna clarinet connection, Michele Zukovsky, Michael Grego, Todd Palmer, Gerald Pachinger, and Yehuda Gilad.