Originally from Switzerland, Olivier Piguet received initial instruction in violin at the Scola Cantorum in Paris, before returning to Switzerland to work with Anne Bauer and Karen Turpie. A few years later, he completed his studies with the Guildhall School of Music, where he obtained a Bachelor and Master degrees studying with Detlef Hahn. While in London, he also studied Baroque music with Michaela Comberti and classical improvisation with David Dolan.
He then crossed the Atlantic to study at the Indiana University music school in Bloomington, where he was a student of renowned pedagogue Maurizio Fuks. Upon returning to Switzerland, Olivier earned a performance diploma at the Haute Ecole in Sion, studying with Lihay Bendayan, and a Master of pedagogy with Gyula Stuller in Lausanne.
An enthusiastic teacher himself, Olivier is professor of violin at the Neuchâtel Conservatory. His training was marked by such distinguished pedagogues as Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Anna Chumachenko, Igor Bezrodny, Igor Ozim, Silvie Gazeau, Pavel Vernikov, Valery Gradow et Ivry Gitlis.
Olivier is a prizewinner in several international competitions. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he has performed with artists such as Johannes Burghoff, Maiko Inoue, Alyssa Margulis, Jan Dobrzelewski, Denitsa Kazakova, Arnaud Vallin, Gyula Stuller, Simon Gollo, Marcio Carneiro, Tatiana Samouil, and the Mons trio. As a soloist, as a chamber musician or with the Trio Mistral, Olivier has performed in many festivals across Europe, Latin America, and Japan.
Olivier is Artistic Director of the chamber music festival ARTECORDES, as well as director of the Saas Fee spring chamber music course and violin master classes.
Olivier plays on a Nicolo Gagliano violin (1755).