French composer Olivier Greif was born in Paris on 3 January 1950 to Polish/Jewish parents. His father was a survivor of Auschwitz, which had a great effect on the son.
He began writing music at the age of nine, then studied at the Paris Conservatoire and at Juilliard. To make a living he taught composition and directed music festivals.
Greif died in Paris on 13 May 2000.
A selection of M&V articles about Olivier Greif
Ensemble. A Fascinating Insight - Georg Tintner's 'The Ellipse' and music by other Viennese émigrés, heard by Malcolm Miller