Olivier Nowak joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008 where he is currently Co-Principal Flute. In his native France he was regularly invited to perform in the Opéra de Paris Orchestra, as well as with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy (holding the Principal Flute position for the 2005/06 season interim), and others.
Olivier began learning the flute at the age of eight, under the tutelage of Jean-Claude Laziosi, a charismatic teacher and champion of the great Marseille school of flute playing. He continued his musical education with Frédéric Chatoux, the Principal flute of the Paris Opera, before entering the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in the class of Sophie Cherrier. At the Conservatoire he was unanimous choice for a First Prize, passed his Chamber Music Prize in the class of Maurice Bourgue, and was involved in the Woodwind Quintet class of László Hadady. He is a prize-winner of the Henri Tomasi International Woodwind Quintet Competition in Marseille.
Being in high demand as a teacher, Olivier is an adjunct faculty at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Baptist University, and gives occasional masterclasses in Hong Kong and the UK.