Born in Guernsey, Oliver Phillips began learning the oboe at the age of nine. He went on to study at the Royal College of Music (RCM), graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) First Class. As an RCM John Nickson Scholar, he achieved a Master of Orchestral Performance with Distinction and was awarded the Evelyn Rothwell Oboe Prize. In his final year, Oliver won the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship for an outstanding woodwind player resulting in a solo recital at the Royal Festival Hall.
Whilst studying at the RCM, Oliver discovered his natural affinity for reed making. After graduating, he began making reeds for a number of UK oboists and now supplies his reeds to many of the world's leading orchestras. Oliver enjoys teaching oboe reed making at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Oliver continues to enjoy working as a freelance oboist having been invited to play as a guest with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra.