Oli Bott studied vibraphone and
composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston with
teachers such as Gary Burton and Bob Brookmeyer, graduating
'summa cum laude'.
After completing his studies, he moved to Berlin where he
now works as a freelance vibraphonist and composer. The Arts
Council of Berlin has been a regular supporter, awarding him
both scholarships as a vibraphonist and commissions as a composer
for his own jazz orchestra, which he also conducts. Oli Bott
has been awarded many prizes, including the 'NDR-Musikpreis'
for bigband conductors, 1st prize at the Leipzig Improvisation
Competition and the Wayne Shorter Award, USA and was a prizewinner
at the Europ Jazz Contest in Belgium. His concerts throughout
Europe have been broadcast by TV and radio.
Oli Bott collaborates with many musicians but counts his
German-Romanian world music group ZMEI3 (signed by six degrees
records, San Francisco), his duo with cellist Anna Carewe
and the Sheridan Ensemble (mixed-genre from Baroque classical
to jazz, rock and improvisation) as his most important. With
these groups, as well as as a solo artist, he has performed
at numerous national and international festivals, such as
the WOMAD Festival (UK), Kolkata Jazz Festival (India), European
Jazz Festival Izmir (Turkey), Schwetzingen SWR Festival, Schleswig
Holstein Music Festival, Beethoven Festival Bonn, WDR Jazz
Festival Cologne, Handel Festival Halle, Stuttgart Music Festival,
Palatia Jazzfestival, Jazz Across the Border Festival Berlin,
International Jazzfestival Hamm, Jazzfestival Burghausen,
Jazzfestival Würzburg, Music´n´Migration
Since 2016, Oli has been teaching vibraphone at the Technical
University Cottbus, Brandenburg and he also offers courses
in improvisation as part of the Education Programme of the
Berliner Philharmoniker, as well as at Berlin's Music Academy.