Principal Clarinet with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Olivier Patey has attracted worldwide acclaim for his outstanding musicianship. He studied with Michel Arrignon, Florent Héau and Arnaud Leroy at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Parijs, winning several prestigious international competitions, including the ARD competition in Munich in 2003 and the Carl Nielsen competition in Odense in 2005.
Since then Olivier has embarked on an international career as a soloist, playing with orchestras including the Prague Philharmonie, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic.
He landed his first position as an orchestra musician at the age of 20 with the Garde Républicaine in Paris. Subsequently, he became Principal Clarinet with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and he was a member of the Lucern Festival Orchestra.
Additionally, Olivier is a passionate chamber musician. He performed at festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival in the USA, and played in the most prestigious concert halls, including Wigmore Hall London, Carnegie Hall New York, Berlin Philharmonie and Concertgebouw Amsterdam, with Janine Jansen, Lisa Batiashvili, Amichaï Grosz, Mitsuko Uchida, Éric Le Sage, and the Ébène and Modigliani Quartets as chamber music partners. Recently he has been involved in the Arties Festival in India. With pianist Romain Descharmes and cellist Gauthier Hermann, founder of the Arties Festival, he runs the CD label Arties Records distributed by Harmunia Mundi, where his most recent chamber music recordings have been released.