Oliver Hartmann, born in 1977 in Worms, Germany, received his German High School Diploma in 1997 from Rudi-Stephan Gymnasium in Worms. From 1997 until 2000 he studied classical stage dance and dance educational theory at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts, and at the Ballet Institute of Rhineland-Palatinate in Ludwigshafen.
In 2005, after five years as a professional dancer, he enrolled for Japanese Studies / East Asian Studies as well as East Asian History of Art at the Freie Universität Berlin. He completed several interships at the German Embassy in Tokyo or the Goethe Institute in Kyoto, and received a three-months scholarship for the „direct exchange program“ offered by the Freie Universität to study at Nihon University in Tokyo. In 2009 he completed his Bachelor’s degree with the thesis „Die Video-Erinnerungen von Boku in Yoshida Shūichis Kurzroman Saigo no musuko [Der letzte Sohn] und die Inszenierung des eigenen Lebens“ (The video-memories of Boku in Yoshida Shūichis short novel Saigo no musuko [The last son] and the staging of one‘s own life).
From October 2011 till May 2015 he was a doctoral student at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies. In May 2015 he earned his doctoral degree.