As a live and studio musician Oliver Palotai is internationally touring as pianist, keyboarder, guitarist and bassist. Further he is a songwriter, producer, mixing engineer and orchestrator for classical symphonic arrangements and film music. Since about 15 years he is also teaching and giving workshops.
He founded his own band Sons Of Seasons in 2007, signed by Napalm Records, releasing two studio albums so far. Since 2005 he is also a member of legendary US Prog Symphonic Metal act Kamelot. In the past he was member of the bands of Metal queen Doro Pesch, Blaze Bayley, former singer of Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, one of the most important guitarists of rock guitar history and one of the founders of the Scorpions, and Circle II Circle, the project of ex-Savatage singer Zak Stevens. He contributed besides that to many projects in Jazz, Pop, classical music and Metal.
In the past years he was touring through Asia, America, Europe and Australia. He played in Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Bangkok, Tokyo, Osaka, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Athens, Rome, Budapest, Sofia, Helsinki, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Madrid, London, Dublin, Brussels, Stockholm, Göteborg, Oslo, just to mention a few.
- Classical piano lessons since the age of 8.
- 1992/95: student for Jazz guitar at Wieland Harms in Tübingen.
- 1995: studies at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Zürich.
- From 1996 on Jazz piano at David Gazarov in Munich.
1998/2001: Member of the Landesjugendjazzorchester Baden- Württemberg (Youth Jazz orchestra Baden- Württemberg), conducted by Prof. Bernd Konrad.
- 1998/2003: student at the University for Music Nürnberg-Augsburg. Student of Prof. Martin Schrack. Student for composition, music production and arrangement.
- 2002: final exam: Diploma for music teacher.
- 2003: exam: Diploma for professional musician.
- 1991/1995: free journalist of the newspaper 'Sindelfinger Zeitung and the newspaper 'Kreiszeitung Böblingen' for music journalism. Journalistic practical training at the newspaper 'Kreiszeitung Böblingen'.
year by YEAR
First Prize (A-categorie) with the Jazz quintet 'Keechero' at the national contest "Jugend jazzt" (final) of the German music council in Rostock, the most important german contest for young Jazz musicians. Won a record deal at Mons Records. Third prize with 'Psilocybe' at the biggest German contest for Pop-and Rock musicians, the 'Deutschen Poppreis' in Cologne, against approx. 1900 bands. Member of the Yehudi Menuhin-Stiftung/ foundation 'Live Music Now' (with 'Keechero').
Keyboarder & guitarist of DORO (ex-WARLOCK). World tours 'CALLING THE WILD' 2001 und 'FIGHT' 2002/3. Studio guitarist and-keyboarder on the 'FIGHT'-album (German charts: 18/August 2002).
First prize at the contest for Jazz ensembles of the Rotary Clubs/HfM Nuremberg with the 'Paduiva'-Trio and own compositions.
Keyboarder for Circle II Circle, band of ex- Savatage singer Zak Stevens, Europe-tour November/Dezember 2003.
Arranger and keyboarder of the Classic Night Symphony Orchestra. Arranger for 'Classic Diamonds' (German Charts for 3 weeks). The single 'Let Love Rain On Me' (arranged by Oliver Palotai) is for more than four weeks in the Spanish Top Ten.
Keyboarder of Japanese singer Saeko during the 'Classic Diamonds Tour'.
Guitarist of BLAZE (ex- singer of Iron Maiden).
Keyboarder of Uli Jon Roth/ US- tour summer 2004.
New bandmember of the Progressive Metal Combo 'Kamelot' (USA). Europe- and Japan- Tour.
"Warrior Soul" World Tour with Doro. "Black Halo" US Tour with Kamelot. Official Yamaha artist.
Voted "Best Keyboardist" on Metal-Temple.net. US- Tour Doro. World Tour Kamelot.
Orchestra arrangements und -notation for 'Epica' - 'The Classical Conspiracy'. "Ghost Opera Tour II"/ Europe with Kamelot. 'Sons Of Seasons' signed by Napalm Records.
Sons Of Seasons debut album ("Gods Of Vermin") worldwide released. European tour with Sons Of Seasons as support of Epica. "Rule The World" European tour with Kamelot.
'Pandemonium Over Europe' tour with Kamelot. Many festivals, like Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park, Sonisphere with Metallica & Slipknot, Wacken Open Air etc.
South America tour with Kamelot. South America tour with Epica, also on the first "70000 tons of Metal" cruise in the Caribbean. European tour with Kamelot and Sons Of Seasons. Release 'Magnisphyricon'.
Tutor at the School For Music, Theatre And Dance (SMTT) in Sindelfingen. US Tour with Kamelot & Nightwish. European Tour with Kamelot.
Asia & Australia tour and European tour with Kamelot. Official Steinberg artist. Orchestra arrangements & transcriptions for Epica's "Retrospect" DVD.
South America Tour (Kamelot). Appearance at Sweden Rock Festival and Masters@Rock. Various Music Productions.
Kamelot signs with Napalm Records. US- & European Tour.
South America, Japan & European tours with Kamelot.
Played with: Adam Nussbaum, Pete York, Bruno Castellucci, Peter Herbolzheimer, Peter Weniger, Claus Stätter, Nils Wogram, Ack van Rooyen, Jiggs Whiggham, Ron Williams, Johannes Faber, Zak Stevens, Blaze Bayley, Lemmy Kilminster, Mikkey Dee, Jean Beauvoir, Chris Caffery, Düsseldorfer Symphonikern, Symphonic Orchestra Miskolc, Classic Night Orchestra etc.
Workshops u.a. with: Richie Beirach, David Liebman, Scott Henderson, Valerie Ponomarev, Steffen Schorn, Billy Sheehan.