Oliver Naumann was born in Rüsselsheim, Germany in 1984. His formal musical training began at the Peter Cornelius Conservatorium in Mainz, Germany where he attended the pre-college jazz program on his instrument of choice, the saxophone.
Continuing his studies at the renowned Amsterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands, he received a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance and music education. He then followed up with postgraduate work at SUNY Purchase, NY and The City College of New York, NY, studying under the tutelage of Dick Oatts, Jon Gordon, Jim Rotondi, and John Patitucci, among others.
After relocating to Mainz, Germany he completed a Master of Music degree at the Johannes Gutenberg University and started freelancing as a music editor while pursuing a career as a composer and performer.
Having been awarded several composition grants in recent years, his latest collaboration with the Goethe Institut Residency Abroad program provided him with the opportunity to travel to Zamora, Spain and create new works on location.