Trumpet player Olivia Pidi is an active freelancer in the Tri-State area. She can be found performing in a variety of settings, including orchestra, musical theater, and chamber music. From 2017-2020, Olivia was the trumpet fellow of APEX Ensemble (formerly The Montclair Orchestra), and she has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Reading Symphony Orchestra, and National Concerts Orchestra.
At home in many genres, Olivia has enjoyed a number of musical performances at Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Regional theaters including the St. James Theater, The Public Theater, The Paper Mill Playhouse, and the MacHaydn Theater. Most recently, Olivia held the first trumpet chair at Paper Mill Playhouse's 2023 production of Fiddler on the Roof.
Olivia has established herself as a sought after chamber musician. In 2020, Olivia joined NYC quintet Calliope Brass, an ensemble committed to bringing evocative, story-driven concert experiences to audiences of all ages. In 2021, Olivia was invited to join the Garden State Philharmonic Brass Quintet, bringing performances that showcase the development of American brass music to audiences along the Jersey Shore and Bar Harbor, Maine. Since 2022, she frequently performs as a member of the New Jersey Symphony Brass Quintet.
Olivia holds a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music, where she was a recipient of the Carmine Caruso Scholarship and the Cecil Collins Award for brass performance, and completed undergraduate studies at Oberlin Conservatory, where she received the James "Jimmy" Stamp award for trumpet performance. Olivia's primary teachers include Tom Smith, Roy Poper, and David Krauss.
Olivia serves as trumpet faculty at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music and Virtu.Academy. In addition to performance, Olivia completed a bachelor's degree in musicology, with studies focused on early music and musical notation development.