Olivia Moore

Olivia Moore is one of the UK’s most innov­at­ive and cre­at­ive viol­in­ists. She works across a broad spec­trum of genres, ded­ic­at­ing her­self primar­ily to jazz and clas­sic­al Indian music.


After giving her first per­form­ance at the age of four, she spent her child­hood and teen years mas­ter­ing clas­sic­al music before going on to explore the art of impro­visa­tion. She gradu­ated from the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Music in 1999; B.Mus (Hons) in Aca­dem­ic Stud­ies (2.1). How­ever, at 21, inspired by a jazz summer school at the Guild­hall School of music, she dis­covered the art of impro­visa­tion. This pro­pelled her into a post­gradu­ate dip­loma at Leeds Col­lege of Music (Dis­tinc­tion in 2002). At Leeds, her curi­os­ity drew her to many dif­fer­ent styles of music.

After gradu­ation she spent two years per­form­ing with the Indian fusion band Savateen, play­ing their own ori­gin­al works. High­lights were the Brno Street fest­iv­al in the Czech Repub­lic and at the Mil­len­ni­um Park and Birla Temple, in Cal­cutta. In 2005, she decided to follow her dream by going to India to study with violin maes­tro Kala Ram­nath, which became the first of many visits to the coun­try. Her most recent visit was in 2010.


Olivia has played twice at Gla­ston­bury fest­iv­al with fla­menco gui­tar­ist Nick Wilkin­son as well as col­lab­or­at­ing with Jean Tous­saint, Tony Remy, Graham Clark, Seam­ing To, Kirsty Almeida, Stuart McCal­lum, OdBod Col­lect­ive, Mat­thew Bourne, Giuli­ano Mod­arelli and Kefaya, Glenn Sharp, Suns of Arqa.

How­ever, it was always Olivi­a’s dream to com­pose music of her own. She has been the instig­at­or and leader of a hand­ful of groups over the years. Firstly Strung Out with Lamb’s bass player Jon Thorne. She also lead ‘The Owl Ensemble’, fea­tur­ing Simply Red’s bass player Sylvan Richard­son, and John Ellis (keys) and Myke Wilson (Drums). The Owl Ensemble String Quar­tet appeared with Beau­ti­ful South’s Paul Heaton for his show “The 8th” at the Bar­bican Centre (London) and Lowry (Manchester).

Her ongo­ing band Unfurl is an innov­at­ive quin­tet who col­lab­or­ate, draw­ing par­tic­u­larly from their  influ­ences of Jazz and Indian. They have appeared at Manchester, Marsden, London and Brecon Jazz Fest­ivals as well as at venues such as the Bridge­wa­ter Hall Foyer and the Birm­ing­ham Sym­phony Hall Foyer, Sage Gateshead.

Olivia col­lab­or­ated with Jason Singh, Sharma Rahman and Shir­ley Smart at Manchester Jazz Fest­iv­al in 2016.


In 2009 Olivia was one of eight musi­cians in the coun­try to be selec­ted to be a par­ti­cipant of the Ser­i­ous Take Five artist devel­op­ment scheme. Olivia has reg­u­larly since looked to the Arts Coun­cil Eng­land, for help with tour­ing costs and to devel­op music.

Classical Indian Music

She has per­formed with Kousic Sen, Lisa Mallet, Jonath­an Meyer, Jas­deep Singh and has given solo recit­als in the UK. She most recently col­lab­or­ated with Chitrav­ina Maes­tro N. Ravikir­an. She per­forms every few years inter­na­tion­ally with Mukesh Jhadav


Multi-Media Work

Olivia has always been inter­ested in com­bin­ing with other art forms. In 2006 she com­posed the soundtrack to a doc­u­ment­ary film for Reli­gious Edu­ca­tion in schools, ‘Buddhist Pil­grim­age: An Indian Spir­itu­al Jour­ney’ (The Clear Vision Trust).
A par­tic­u­lar high­light of her career was work­ing with LaMa­chine, 2008 com­mis­sioned by Liv­er­pool European Cap­it­al of Cul­ture, described by The Observ­er as, ‘the biggest, most spec­tac­u­lar piece of street theatre ever seen in the UK’. She also com­pleted Mask, a multi-media col­lab­or­a­tion at The Con­tact Theatre, as part of Manchester Jazz Fest­iv­al in 2009 with moving image artist Mark Camer­on Minard and her band ‘Unfurl’.


Olivia has recor­ded with pro­du­cer Tony Remy for sax­o­phon­ist Jean Toussaint’s album ‘Nazaire’ (All­tone 2000). She fea­tures on Kirsty Almeida’s ‘Pure Blue Green’ (Decca 2010), Zoe Kyoti’s “Wish­ing Bone”, Jadid Ensemble’s “Sigh of the Moor”, Kefay­a’s “Radio Inter­na­tion­al”, “Seam­ing” by Seam­ing To and Fiona Nehama Abrahami’s ‘Random Excess’ (Music­Womb 2009). Olivia released her own album ‘Amoghasiddhi’ in 2008. Owl by the Owl Ensemble in 2011 and Arca­dia by Unfurl in 2012.


Nour­ished by Indian and jazz tra­di­tions, but with an eleg­ance that comes from her clas­sical train­ing, Olivia Moore’s violin has an East­ern tang that is genu­inely entrancing

— Al Brown­lee – City Life, 10th Nov 2008

As usual Moore’s com­pos­i­tions were exuber­ant and poignant affairs; each sec­tion of music acting like mini­ature vign­ettes. This is music that is intric­ate and yet cap­able of telling a uni­ver­sal story, what that story is, is prob­ably very dif­fer­ent to each listen­er, but it is this abil­ity to con­jure vivid imagery that makes it hugely accessible.

her obvi­ous joy in play­ing swells through her impas­sioned but restrained violin and offers her audi­ence both an emo­tional and a cereb­ral fulfilment.

— Chris Long, BBC Manchester 12th Nov 2008