"Much of what I learned about achieving success in life came from growing up in classical music culture, once you learn how to learn, your potential is limitless."
~Oliver Bennett Schlaffer
Passionate About Inspiring Others
An Expert in Teaching the Science of Achievement Through the Study of Excellence in the Performing Arts, Oliver Bennett Schlaffer helps ambitious young people transform their unique gifts and vision into extraordinary achievement, through his lessons on life, leadership, and excellence.
As a mentor to youth, Oliver's students learn the true skills for achievement, consistently ranking within the top 1% of students in the state of Texas for music as well as the top 10% academically, and are regularly accepted into many of the nation's top learning institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, and MIT.
From conformity to Carnegie Hall, Oliver discovered that the journey to mastery in the performing arts reveals the true secrets of living a purposeful life through passion & excellence, and often requires one to become a "non-conformist" in order to be truly exceptional.
Oliver has performed in over a dozen orchestras across the United States, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and on stages around the United States, Europe, and Asia, including seven appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
A versatile performer, he has collaborated with a variety of genres and mainstream artists including live concerts with Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli, in addition to nationally televised appearances with rappers P. Diddy and Snoop Dogg on MTV's Video Music Awards.
Oliver was honored with a distinguished award in 2017 from the National Academy of Bestselling Authors for his contribution to the recently published book, “Mastering the Art of Success”, which he co-authored with the legendary New York Times best-selling author Jack Canfield.
A champion for excellence, Oliver has captured the imagination of over fifty-thousand students through his live presentations. On a mission to inspire and empower the next generation to "Design Your Authentic Life™".
Oliver holds degrees in Cello Performance from Southern Methodist University and Northwestern University and he has studied under the principal cellists of seven major symphony orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Several of Oliver's primary teachers include Orlando Cole, of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Japanese cello soloist Ko Iwasaki, and Danish cello pedagogue Hans Jørgen Jensen, who was highlighted in the book, The Talent Code, by Daniel Coyle in 2009.