Oliver Hartmann born June 28, 1970 in Rüsselsheim is a German metal vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and producer who performed in various acts, either as guitarist, solo or choir singer.
He is best known for his role as vocalist and one of the founders of the band At Vance, his own band Hartmann and his guest appearances on albums of several prominent metal bands, including Freedom Call, Edguy, Rhapsody, Genius rock opera, Iron Mask, Aina's metal opera Days of Rising Doom and the metal opera Avantasia where he participated as a vocalist in 4 albums and also as a guitarist of the live and studio line up.
He is also guitarist and vocalist with the Pink Floyd tribute band Echoes.
Oliver Hartmann began his career as guitarist in several local bands but since the age of 18 concentrated more on his singing.
Among others he played in bands as Hanz Damf, Tuned, and Centers, the latter with which he made his first international appearances.
He reached his first success with At Vance, in which he sang from 1999 to 2002.
Since leaving At Vance on personal reasons, he concentrated mostly on his solo career and on studio recording.
So far he has recorded four solo albums, Out in the Cold, which was released in 2005 on the Italian Frontiers Records label, on which he also plays guitars, Home, which was released in early 2007, the live acoustic DVD/CD Handmade and the latest release 3 in late 2009.
Oliver Hartmann also sang in Italian band Empty Tremor, which was a support act for Dream Theater during a 2004 tour in Italy.
With his band, Hartmann also supported Toto during their European tour 2006, House of Lords and The Hooters in 2007. During the past two years, the band Hartmann played numerous festivals and shows as support of bands such as Mother's Finest, Uriah Heep and Y&T.
After the release of Avantasia's 2010 double album The Wicked Symphony and Angel Of Babylon and a second world tour in December 2010 the live DVD The Flying Opera Around the world in 20 days, recorded during the first tour in 2008, was released in early 2011 and climbed up many European charts to No 1.
In January 2012, Oliver Hartmann also joined Rock Meets Classic feat. Ian Gillan, Jimi Jamison, Steve Lukather, Chris Thompson and Robin Beck on vocals and guitars.
The recordings for the new Hartmann album Balance were completed in April 2012 and will be released soon on the label Avenue of the Allies.
In 2016, Oliver Hartmann played guitar on some tracks of Avantasia album Ghostlights and went in the world tour supporting the album.
The same year, Hartmann band also released a new studio album called Shadows & Silhouettes.
May 2018 saw the release of an eight studio album Hands On The Wheel.
The album included the song Simple Man a duet with Eric Martin lead vocalist of Mr. Big.
2005 - present
2005 - Out In The Cold
2007 - Home
2008 - Handmade Live In Concert
2009 - 3
2012 - Balance
2013 - The Best Is Yet To Come
2016 - Shadows & Silhouettes
2018 - Hands On The Wheel
1997 - Fortuneteller
1999 - No Escape
2000 - Heart Of Steel
2001 - Dragonchaser
2002 - Only Human
2004 - The Alien Inside
2001 - Avantasia - The Metal Opera
2001 - Edguy - Mandrake
2001 - Rhapsody - Rain Of A Thousand Flames
2002 - Avantasia - The Metal Opera Part II
2002 - Freedom Call - Eternity
2002 - Genius - Episode I
2002 - Rhapsody - Power Of The Dragonflame
2002 - Squealer - Under The Cross
2003 - Aina - Days Of Rising Doom
2004 - Edguy - Hellfire Club
2004 - Genius - Episode II: In Search Of The Little Prince
2004 - Magic Kingdom - Metallic Tragedy
2005 - Freedom Call - The Circle of Life
2005 - Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy
2005 - Iron Mask - Hordes Of The Brave
2006 - Edguy - Rocket Ride
2006 - HammerFall – Threshold
2006 - Lunatica - The Edge Of Infinity
2007 - Freedom Call – Dimensions
2007 - Genius – Episode III: The Final Surprise
2008 - Avantasia - The Scarecrow
2008 - Edguy - Tinnitus Sanctus
2009 - Heavenly - Carpe Diem
2009 - Vindictiv - Ground Zero
2010 - Avantasia - Angel Of Babylon
2010 - Avantasia - The Wicked Symphony
2010 - Iron Mask - Shadow Of The Red Baron
2010 - Magic Kingdom - Symphony Of War
2011 - Avantasia - The Flying Opera
2011 - Edguy - Age Of The Joker
2011 - Iron Mask - Black As Death
2011 - Soul Seller - Back To Life
2012 - Dreamscape - Everlight
2012 - PelleK - Bag Of Tricks
2012 - Primal Fear - Unbreakable
2013 - Avantasia - The Mystery Of Time
2015 - Beyond The Black - Songs Of Love And Death
2016 - Avantasia - Ghostlights
2017 - Soulspell - The Second Big Bang
2019 - Avantasia - Moonglow