Dr. Olivia Zimmermann completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at the University of Kansas. A recent Fulbright grantee, she studied the life and piano works of Jean Sibelius at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, with Erik T. Tawaststjerna and Hanna Aho. Olivia holds degrees in piano performance from Northwestern University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her past teachers include Steven Spooner, Richard Reber, Alan Chow, Kassandra Keeling and Catherine Lysinger.
Olivia has given concerts and master classes in the United States, Switzerland, Finland, and Norway. She has also performed in master classes for renowned musicians William Westney, Robin McCabe, and Ursula Oppens. She won second prize in the state collegiate competition of Texas Music Teachers Association and first prize in the Etude Music Scholarship competition. Dr. Zimmerman has a wide range of teaching experience with children and adults ranging from beginning through advanced levels. She has taught in Texas, Illinois, Finland, and Norway, and has adjudicated on local and national piano competitions.
Olivia grew up in Germany and Switzerland and moved to Houston, Texas when she was 13. Her interests include languages, reading, and dance.