After graduating from the University of Toronto and the prestigious Orchestral Conducting program at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Mr. Oleskevich returned to Canada and began a 25-year association with Opera Hamilton as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master. He conducted numerous productions including Die Zauberflöte, La Bohème, L’elisir d’amore, Les Pêcheurs de perles, Die Fledermaus, Eine Nacht in Venedig and Die Csárdásfürstin. He has appeared as guest conductor with Symphony Nova Scotia, Nova Sinfonia, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Scarborough Philharmonic, the Mississauga Symphony and the Ottawa Valley Festival. While in Austria, he conducted the Pro Arte Orchestra for radio broadcast, the Academy Orchestra and the Niederösterreichische Tonkünstler Orchester in the Musikverein in Vienna. He has received numerous awards and bursaries that include a Canada Council grant for conducting and has taught conducting at the University of Toronto.
Currently Mr. Oleskevich lives in Port Williams in the Annapolis Valley. He was the Director of the Dalhousie Symphony for the past two years, and has taught conducting at Dalhousie for the past three years. Mr. Oleskevich also conducted the Dalhousie Opera’s production of Encounters. He is in addition an avid photographer.