Oliver Aldort joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s cello section at the start of the 2015-16 season. Raised on Orcas Island in Washington State, he began his musical studies on cello and piano at the age of six. He gave his debut recital at age seven, and has performed as a soloist with orchestras since the age of ten. Among these were performances with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Newton Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra. Co-principal cellist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in the 2013-14 season, he performed at the Verbier Festival Academy, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Steans Music Institute at Ravinia. Mr. Aldort has appeared on KOMO TV’s Northwest Afternoon, NPR’s From the Top, and CBC Radio. He was also featured in the 2008 British TV documentary The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies. He has been awarded top prizes in numerous competitions, including the 2007 MTNA Junior Competition, as well as the 2008 and 2010 Seattle Young Artists Music Festival. Mr. Aldort received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in May 2015. His major teachers have included Carter Brey, Peter Wiley, Lynn Harrell, Ron Leonard and Amos Yang.