Oliver Palotai (born 17 March 1974) is a classically trained German musician of Hungarian ancestry, husband of Simone Simons from Epica, best known as a member of the power metal band Kamelot and of Doro Pesch's touring band.

Oliver Palotai
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Oliver Palotai on a Kamelot concert.
Background information
Birth nameOliver Palotai
Born (1974-03-17) 17 March 1974 (age 45)
GenresSymphonic power metal, power metal, progressive metal, classical music, jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer, teacher
InstrumentsKeyboards, guitars
Associated actsDoro, Kamelot, Sons of Seasons, Uli Jon Roth, BLAZE, Circle II Circle, Epica


He made his name playing keyboards and guitar for Doro and keyboards for Circle II Circle (as a touring member between 2003 and 2004) before joining Blaze Bayley's BLAZE as a replacement for founding guitarist John Slater in 2004. In 2005 he joined the power metal band Kamelot as a touring keyboard player, and was soon welcomed as a permanent member. Palotai left BLAZE in January 2007. He later formed his own band, Sons of Seasons. releasing albums in 2009 and 2011. He also played keyboards for the Dutch symphonic metal band Epica on their 2010 North American tour.

Personal lifeEdit

Palotai has diplomas as both a music teacher and a professional musician from Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg-Augsburg.[1]

In early 2013, he and his longtime girlfriend, Simone Simons, announced they were expecting their first child. On October 2, Vincent G. Palotai was born at 11:26pm.[2] The couple married in 2013.[3]



  1. ^ "Bio". Oliver Palotai - Official Website. 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Simone and Oliver have a little boy!". Epica Official Website. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.smoonstyle.com/2013/12/vrolijk-kerstfeest.html

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