Originally from Ottawa, Olivia Blander completed her Master of Music degree at Yale University in the studio of professor Aldo Parisot. She received her Bachelors degree from the Harid Conservatory (Boca Raton, Florida) where she studied with Canadian cellist Johanne Perron.
Olivia has appeared frequently as a soloist and chamber musician on CBC radio, including the nationally broadcast "Debut Series". She has been a participant in several major summer festivals including classes at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the fellowship program of the Tanglewood Music Centre.
After returning to Ottawa from the U.S. in 2000, Olivia enjoyed four months working with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and joined the Vancouver Symphony in September 2001. Aside from regular VSO performances she has appeared with local new music groups Standing Wave and the Turning Point Ensemble and has been featured in Vancouver series Music on Main, Vetta Chamber Music, UBC Noon Hours, Kits Classics and the VSO Chamber Players.
Olivia currently serves on the faculty of the VSO School of Music and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute.