Studied the piano at the Conservatoire National de la Région de Lille, at the Conservatoire Royal in Brussels and eventually at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he was awarded the higher education diploma in piano, in vocal accompaniment, in opera-répétiteuring, as well as first prizes in chamber music and musical analysis.
Dedicating himself in particular to the song repertoire, he decided to perfect his skills with Ruben Lifschitz and Martin Isepp at the Royaumont Abbey, with Walter Moore at the University for Music in Vienna, and with artists such as Elly Ameling, Walter Berry and Hans Hotter at the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden (Austria).
He has performed as a soloist and also as an accompanist of many singers in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, England, Italy, the Netherlands, China and Japan.
As a répétiteur and assistant, he has most notably worked with Christoph von Dòhnannyi, Peter Eötvös, Christoph Eschenbach, John-Eliot Gardiner, Jean-Claude Malgoire, John Nelson and Michel Plasson... He has participated in productions in France at : Théâtre du Châtelet, La Cité de la Musique, l'Opéra-Comique, Radio-France, l'Opéra de Lille and abroad at : the Staatsoper in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Dresden, the festivals of Wexford (Ireland) and Wildbad (Germany), the Central Opera in Beijing, as well as for a vast repertoire stretching from Mozart and Paisello to Berg and Weill, with a preference for contemporary compositions (by Campo, Eötvös, Dusapin, Mantovani, Marti, Pécou, etc).
As a musical director, he has conducted Opérette by Oscar Strasnoy (commissioned by the ARCAL) from the piano with the 2E2M ensemble (the operas from the cities of Reims and Metz), as well as Don Giovanni (W.A. Mozart) and Orfeo ed Euridice (C. Monteverdi) with La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy. Other performances as a conductor include Riders to the Sea (R. Vaughan Williams) with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Ô mon bel inconnu (Reynaldo Hahn) at the Opéra Comique and Les enfants terribles (Philip Glass) at the Opéra de Bordeaux, the Théâtre de l'Athenée in Paris, as well as in Bilbao and Rotterdam. Emmanuel Olivier has also composed the music of a ‘street operetta' called Le Procès des sorcières (The trial of the witches), performed by the Compagnie On/Off and La clef des chants.
After having taught the ‘Maîtrise de Radio-France' in the past, he has now been appointed assistant professor for vocal accompaniment at the CNSM in Paris. Additionally, he regularly gives master-classes at the Central Conservatoire in Beijing, the Musikhochschule in Karlsruhe, the Royaumont Foundation and the European Academy of the Festival in Aix-en-Provence.