Olivia Dance was born in Oxford in 1995 and began piano lessons at the age of eight. Performing in festivals, competitions and concerts during her childhood in Oxfordshire further inspired her to pursue music. She is currently in her first year of studying for a master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying under the tutelage of Professor Stephen Savage.
Olivia was taught by pianist Victor Sangiorgio in Oxford whilst studying for her A Levels. Since arriving at the RNCM in September 2014, where she won an entrance scholarship, Olivia has had the opportunity to be mentored by Kathryn Stott, Philippe Cassard, Julian Jacobson, Pascal Nemirovski, Daumantas Kirilauskas, Barbara Szczepanska and Leslie Howard, and has been fortunate enough to take part in a public masterclass with Stephen Hough at the RNCM. In 2017 she was awarded the Clifford Hartley Prize for showing great commitment to her studies.
Aside from her solo work, Olivia enjoys accompanying fellow students, which has led to her appearing in concerts and competitions at the RNCM. Olivia is part of the RNCM Songsters which gives her the opportunity to perform alongside singers in vocal concerts throughout Manchester and across the North West. In November 2017 she won the Bessie Cronshaw/Frost Brownson Song Recital Pianist Prize at the RNCM. In May 2018, Olivia appeared at the Wigmore Hall to perform Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Two Elegies Framing a Shout. In Summer 2017 she set up a children’s choir in one of Manchester’s less fortunate primary schools where she runs weekly rehearsals.