Oliver Von Essen


Oliver Von Essen

Programme Leader, Diploma in Music
  • BA in English and Dramatic Literature, Rutgers University, New Jers

Oliver is a pianist, organist, composer and educator, and currently the Programme Leader of Diploma in Music at LASALLE’s School of Contemporary Music.

For many years, he was a lecturer on the jazz and contemporary music programme of The New School in New York City, USA.

During this time, and for years after, he was also an active performer, playing at countless jazz concerts and club gigs around New York City, Miami and Paris.

His performance career also includes appearances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. He was also part of tours and residences throughout the United States, as well as in South America, Asia and Europe.

As a recording artist, he recorded two albums with his own jazz piano trios, Shanghai Reflections and Tokyo Motion, featuring his own compositions. He also recorded with the New York-based organ trio, Organic Combustion; was a side man on records by the Nancy Banks Orchestra; and played on Al Ashley’s These are Them, featuring Dave Liebman, as well as Lena Horne’s last album for Blue Note Records, Seasons of a Life.

While at LASALLE, Oliver recorded a CD with vocalist Richard Jackson, which is currently being mixed and mastered.