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Jon Oliva

Jon Oliva

Real/full name:
John Nicholas Oliva
64 (born Jul 22nd, 1959)
Place of birth:
United States (Bronx, New York City, New York)


Brother of the late Criss Oliva, who was also a member of Avatar/Savatage.


Released a solo album titled "Raise the Curtain" in 2013.

According to Jon Oliva in an interview in May 2023, he auditioned for Black Sabbath around the time of the "The Eternal Idol" album to replace Ray Gillen. He recorded demos for that album like "The Shining" and "Ancient Warrior," and for other songs like "N.I.B." and "War Pigs", but lost the job to Tony Martin.

Recorded a piano version ...

Jon Oliva's Pain

Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Guitars (2003-?)

2004 'Tage Mahal Keyboards, Guitars, Vocals
2006 Straight-Jacket Memoirs (EP) Vocals, Piano, Guitars
2006 Maniacal Renderings Vocals (lead), Keyboards
2008 Global Warning Vocals (lead), Piano, Keyboards, Organ, Guitars (electric and acoustic)
2010 Festival Vocals (lead), Keyboards, Piano, Orchestration, Guitars


Vocals, Guitars (2013-present)


Vocals (1983-1993, 2000-2002, 2014-2015, 2023-present), Keyboards (1986-1992, 1993-2002, 2014-2015, 2023-present)

1983 Demo (Demo) Vocals, Piano
1983 Sirens Vocals, Piano
1984 The Dungeons Are Calling (EP) Piano, Vocals
1985 In the Dream (Single) Piano, Vocals, Keyboards
1985 Hard for Love (Single) Keyboards, Piano, Vocals
1985 Power of the Night Keyboards, Piano, Vocals
1986 Out on the Streets (Single) Vocals, Piano
1986 Fight for the Rock Vocals, Piano
1987 Strange Wings (Single) Keyboards, Piano, Vocals
1987 Hall of the Mountain King (Single) Piano, Vocals, Keyboards
1987 Hall of the Mountain King Vocals, Piano, Keyboards
1989 Gutter Ballet (Single) Vocals
1989 When the Crowds Are Gone (Single) Vocals
1989 Of Rage and War (Single) Vocals
1989 Hard Acts to Follow (Split) Keyboards, Vocals
1989 Gutter Ballet Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Bass (track 2), Drums (track 2)
1990 When the Crowds Are Gone (EP) Vocals
1991 Sammy and Tex (Single) Drums, Vocals, Piano
1991 Jesus Saves (EP) Piano, Vocals
1991 Streets: A Rock Opera Vocals, Piano, Drums (tracks 2, 7)
1994 Chance (EP) Drums, Guitars (rhythm), Bass, Keyboards
1994 Handful of Rain (Single) Drums, Keyboards, Bass, Guitars (rhythm)
1994 Handful of Rain Keyboards, Guitars, Bass, Drums (uncredited)
1995 Live Devastation (Live album) Keyboards, Vocals
1995 Dead Winter Dead Keyboards, Vocals (additional), Vocals (lead) (tracks 4, 6)
1995 Japan Live '94 (Live album) Keyboards, Guitars (rhythm), Vocals
1995 Ghost in the Ruins: A Tribute to Criss Oliva (Live album) Keyboards, Vocals
1996 One Child (Single) Keyboards, Vocals
1997 The Wake of Magellan Keyboards, Vocals (lead) (tracks 5, 7)
1998 Turns to Me (Single) Vocals, Keyboards
1998 Japan Live 94 (Video) Keyboards, Guitars (rhythm), Vocals
2001 Drive (Single) Vocals, Keyboards
2001 Commissar (Single) Vocals, Keyboards
2001 Poets and Madmen Vocals, Keyboards
2015 Return to Wacken (Compilation) Vocals, Keyboards
(show all)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Piano, Keyboards, Vocals (1993-present)

1996 Christmas Eve - Sarajevo 12/24 (EP) Composer, Piano, Keyboards
1996 Christmas Eve and Other Stories Songwriting (tracks 1, 8, 10, 14, 15), Piano, Keyboards, Bass
1998 The Christmas Attic Songwriting (tracks 3, 5, 9, 13, 14), Piano, Keyboards, Bass, Vocals (backing)
2000 Beethoven's Last Night Piano, Keyboards, Bass, Vocals
2001 The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (Video) Songwriting
2004 The Lost Christmas Eve Piano, Keyboards, Vocals (choirs)
2009 Night Castle Keyboards
2012 Dreams of Fireflies (on a Christmas Night) (EP) Songwriting (track 5), Keyboards
2013 Tales of Winter - Selections from the TSO Rock Operas (Compilation) Keyboards, Vocals (backing)
2015 Letters from the Labyrinth Keyboards, Guitars, Bass
2016 The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (Compilation) Songwriting
(show all)


Vocals (1978-1979)


Vocals (1978-1983), Bass (1978), Drums (1980-1981)

1983 Living for the Night (Demo) Vocals
1983 City Beneath the Surface (EP) Vocals

Black Diamond

Vocals, Guitars (1976)

Doctor Butcher

Vocals (1992-1994)

1994 Doctor Butcher Songwriting, Bass, Lyrics, Keyboards, Vocals
1999 The Demos (Compilation) Vocals, Keyboards

Metropolis U.S.A.

Vocals (1977-1978)


2010 Angel of Babylon Vocals (lead) (track 4)

Chris Caffery

2005 W.A.R.P.E.D. (Compilation) Vocals (track 9)

Circle II Circle

2003 Watching in Silence Keyboards, Vocals

Darklin Reach

1992 Where Evil Dwells Keyboards (track 5)

Dawn of Destiny

2014 F.E.A.R. Vocals (lead) (track 6)


As Jon "The Mountain King" Oliva:

2012 Era Vocals (tracks 2, 8)


2010 Poetry for the Poisoned Vocals (track 4)

Rough Silk

2001 Symphony of Life Vocals (track 4)


1993 Edge of Thorns Guitars (track 12), Piano, Keyboards, Drums (tracks 2, 8)

Seven Witches

2002 Xiled to Infinity and One Vocals (lead) (track 9)


2010 The Labyrinth of Truths Vocals (as The Insanity Inside the Labyrinth)

The Hourglass

2013 Play the Pawn (Single) Vocals

After Death

2004 Reviving the Gods (Demo) Producer

Circle II Circle

2003 Watching in Silence Producer
2005 The Middle of Nowhere Songwriting (tracks: 2, 4, 6, 7, 9)

Doctor Butcher

1994 Doctor Butcher Producer
1999 The Demos (Compilation) Songwriting


1988 Ride the Nightmare (Demo) Producer

Jon Oliva's Pain

2004 'Tage Mahal Producer
2006 Maniacal Renderings Producer
2008 Global Warning Producer
2010 Festival Producer, Liner notes


1988 The Science of Horror (Demo) Engineering, Producer
2004 The Nocturnus Demos (Compilation) Producer (tracks 5-8)
2014 The Science of Horror (Compilation) Producer (tracks 5-8)

Rough Silk

2001 Symphony of Life Production (additional), Engineering (additional)


1993 Edge of Thorns (Single) Producer
1993 He Carves His Stone (EP) Producer
1993 Edge of Thorns Co-producer
1994 Chance (EP) Producer
1994 Handful of Rain (Single) Producer
1994 Handful of Rain Co-producer
1995 Dead Winter Dead Co-producer
1995 Ghost in the Ruins: A Tribute to Criss Oliva (Live album) Co-producer
1996 One Child (Single) Producer
1997 The Wake of Magellan Co-producer
1998 Turns to Me (Single) Producer
2001 Drive (Single) Producer
2001 Commissar (Single) Producer
2001 Poets and Madmen Co-producer
2010 The Wake of Magellan Liner notes
2010 Edge of Thorns Liner notes
2011 Fight for the Rock Liner notes
2011 Power of the Night Liner notes
2011 Ghost in the Ruins: A Tribute to Criss Oliva (Live album) Producer (track 15), Liner notes
2011 Gutter Ballet Liner notes, Recording (track 13)
2011 Dead Winter Dead Liner notes, Recording (tracks 14, 15)
2011 Hall of the Mountain King Liner notes, Recording (track 11)
2011 Handful of Rain Liner notes, Producer (track 11)
2011 Poets and Madmen Liner notes, Recording (track 12)
2013 Streets: A Rock Opera - Narrated Version Liner notes
2014 The Ultimate Boxset (Boxed set) Liner notes
2014 Edge of Thorns Liner notes
2015 Return to Wacken (Compilation) Liner notes
2021 The Hourglass (EP) Co-Producer
(show all)
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