Oliver Schroer was a unique fiddler/composer who lived at the cutting edge. His musical explorations took him far beyond his traditional Canadian roots into the realms of jazz, Scandinavian, Balkan, and Asian music. But he went much farther. He melded those elements into a unique and recognizable style of his own: lyrical, fractal, a continuously twisting thread. Once his music has been heard, it's hard to mistake it for anyone else's.He performed across North America and Europe with a wide variety of top acts in venues, ranging from intimate clubs to New York’s Lincoln Center. He was a featured guest on virtually every leading Canadian national radio show, and was the subject of numerous special broadcasts.
Schroer's playing appears on over 100 albums of new traditional, acoustic, and popular music. He has recorded with American songwriting legends Jimmy Webb and Barry Mann, Canadian singers James Keelaghan, Loreena McKennitt and Sylvia Tyson, acoustic guitar mavens Jesse Cook and Don Ross, East Coast rockers Great Big Sea, West Coast rockers Spirit of the West, members of Quebec powerhouse La Bottine Souriante, Finnish accordionist Maria Kalaneimi, and World percussionists Trichy Sankaran and Bob Becker, to name but a few.
Flexibility was Schroer’s hallmark. Along the path, he performed with such diverse acts as Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir, Marc Jordan, Liu Fang, Jorane, George Fox, Stephen Fearing, Hoven Droven, Greg Brown, Glen Velez, Valdy, Tanya Tagaq, Teresa Doyle, Eileen McGann, and CBC's Stewart McLean/Vinyl Cafe Orchestra.
Oliver composed over 1,000 pieces and recorded eight CDs of his own compositions. He also produced eleven albums for the Somerset label, two of which have gone Gold. Of the roughly thirty albums Oliver produced, eight have been nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of a Grammy). He also worked on soundtracks. Schroer’s playing can be heard on the award winning television series Angels in America and on Lemony Snickett, a Series of Unfortunate Events.