Born in 1977, Oliver Searle originally studied to become a classroom music teacher at Aberdeen University and in 2000, he moved to Glasgow, where he studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with John Maxwell Geddes, gaining a Distinction for his Masters degree in 2002. He completed a PhD in composition in 2006, supervised by Gordon McPherson. In 2002, he received a silver medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in London and in 2004 he won the Mendelssohn Scholarship.
Oliver currently holds the position of Chair of the Scottish Music Centre, where he is also a member and holds a lecturing post at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is Co-Director of the new-music group, SYMPOSiA, which he co-founded in 2002.
Technophonia is written for a new kind of ensemble. It brings together cutting-edge music interfaces used by Drake Music Scotland - Soundbeam, Brainfingers with Notion software and the newly developed Skoog - played by young disabled musicians and a group of their peers on more conventional orchestral and electronic instruments. It was commissioned by Drake Music Scotland with support from PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, London 20x12 and NMC Recordings. It had its UK premiere on the 15 June 2012 at Queens Hall, Edinburgh and was performed by soloists Chris Jacquin, Antony Swift and Stephanie Forrest alongside performers from the City of Edinburgh Music School.