Serge Ollive (Paul Sterne)

Serge Ollive began his musical studies in 1995 at the National Conservatory of Marseille (France) where he studied organ with Annick Chevalier-Naddéo and improvisation with André Rossi. Between 1998 and 2000, he obtained 1st prize of organ, and classical prizes of musical theory.  

He started to study conducting in 1999 with Jenö Rehak. In this domain, his other mentors include Arie Van Beek (Clermont-Ferrand, France), Uros Lajovic (University of Music and Visual Arts in Vienna), and Michael Dittrich (Vienna Symphony Orchestra).  From 1997 to 2007 he was organist of the Cathedral of Gap, Haute Alpes, in France where he gave numerous recitals. He continues to play there as a favourite guest recitalist during the summer season. 

Since 1998 he has performed regularly at many festivals, as soloist with orchestra and with choir and he has to date performed in hundreds of concerts all over Europe.  From 2003 to 2007 he was the Music Director of the Youth Orchestra of Provence-Alpes Gap and he was founder in 2006 of the vocal ensemble “Cantabile” who devote themselves to sacred music. 

As a composer and arranger, under the pseudonym Paul Sterne, his catalogue includes more than 150 titles for piano, orchestra, organ, choir, voice and chamber ensemble, many of which are regularly performed worldwide and have received much acclaim. His arrangements of works by Gustav Mahler have attracted interest from renowned artists and have received praise from the Gustav Mahler Society in Budapest and Vienna.  He is also enthusiastic about the composition of film scores and has worked with the directors Mika Koudero (“A6.”) and Geoffroy Koeberlé (“L’histoire d’une mère”). 

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