Pierre-Olivier graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Mons (Belgium) and the Departmental Conservatory of Valenciennes (France) under the supervision of the prominent French lyric signing professor Daniel Ottevaere. Today, he is working with the famous tenor Daniel Galvez Vallejo. Over the past 10 years, Pierre-Olivier, as a professional signer, has performed in opera, musical, jazz and oratorio in many European cities, including Paris, Versailles, Toulouse, Reims, Lille, Bruxelles, Barcelona, Sevilla, Berlin, Bucharest, etc. Outside Europe, he has also performed in Moscow, Jerusalem, and Santiago de Chile.
Pierre-Olivier has performed together with many famous singers such as Bjork, Michel Fugain, Steve Zegree (Gold Company), Greta De Reyghere, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Herve Niquet (Festival d'Ambronay - France), Jean-Claude Malgoire (Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing - France)...
In addition to performance, Pierre-Oliiver has also worked as a singing teacher at the Conservatory and the RKM rock school of Namur (Belgium). For about 8 years, he has been offering private singing lessons to students at different levels and designing individualized classes to help students achieve their objectives. He coached regularly professional and non-professional singing groups and choirs, including youth choirs. He has given different master classes in Belgium, France and Chile.
Pierre-Olivier has recently moved to Washington DC from Europe to look for new challenges and opportunities for improving his professional career.
I am an enthusiastic, fun, adaptive yet demanding teacher. In each lesson, I adapt my teaching method according to the special requests and levels of my students, as well as their expectations and the daily conditions. I usually work with each student to decide together which is the best repertory for his/her voice and plan together the learning program. I will create a stress-free and trust environment to help my student progress in his/her work. Together with the students, we will develop a strong technique but always with musicality!
For beginners, we will be mainly focusing on the basics of vocal techniques, e.g. relaxation, breath, voice correctness and stability and the interpretation of selected songs.
For intermediate and advanced students, we will mainly concentrate on musicianship and specific technical corrections related to their voices. I am opening to do interpretation only for people who prepare shows or auditions.
I accept students of any age and level, but students must have motivations… For young students, I try to communicate regularly with their parents to explain the work we have done in the class and the home work which could be interesting for the students to do. Singing lessons are a funny and creative way to discover the true artist that is hidden within each person, so let's get started!!
Different projects with famous operettas of Jacques Offenbach, Franz Lehar, Johan Strauss, Andre Messager, Louis Varney...
Different projects with famous operas of Giuseppe Verdi, Gioachino Rossini, Giacomo Puccini, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Georges Bizet...
· Opera Voice · In studio I only got to have courses with Pierre-Olivier for three months because he had to move to the USA, but these three months were the most productive for me.
I am student at a conservatory in Belgium and have a full training there but I found Pierre-Olivier's courses very (dare I say even more) interesting and complete.
I made a lot of progress during the 3 months I spent being his student: my technique improved a lot, and I learned so much about interpretation.
Pierre-Olivier has a vast general knowledge which is very pleasant as he can help you understand and analyse your score thoroughly. He not only teaches classical music but is open to a great deal of styles and I had the chance to explore the genres a bit more and exploit my voice.
I was really sad to see him leave because it is so hard to find a good teacher (trust me I had plenty) and hope he'll come back to Belgium
I am looking forward to seeing him again during one of his summer camps back in Europe.
· · I already worked some times with this sympathic teacher, very professional.
I also worked with some of his students.
Very good to work every kind of music. Excelent in french music !
· · In studio Pierre-Olivier is a really great teacher. If you want to progress both in the expressions/emotions you put in your songs and in vocal technique, don't hesitate ! He always tries to find the best way for the student to achieve the goal during an exercise. Even if it takes several lessons, he does not give up. I have made a lot of progresses within a year of lessons with him in Belgium and I already miss it ! Pierre-Olivier is also very nice and we had great talks between some exercices. The time ran so fast when I was taking the lessons and it was a pleasure to take them. Even when I was tired before going to his place, I think I was always in a good mood going back home. You can choose the type of song you want to sing, it doesn't matter if it's classical or nowadays music. If you want to have fun and make progresses, just go take lessons with him, you won't regret it ! Noémie