At the age of 4, Olivier Hutman had already begun to study classical piano.
After completing his thesis on urban music in Ghana, which was supervised by the cinematographer and ethnologist, Jean Rouch, he was awarded his doctorate in 1978.
It was after discovering the music of Oscar Peterson that he decided to take up jazz. In 1975, along with Denis Barbier and Mino Cinelu, he formed the group Moravagine.
From 1975 to 1977, he played in the jazz/rock fusion band, Chute libre, with Mino and Patrice Cinelu. Afterwards (1980-1982), he played keyboards in Christian Escoudé's quartet before becoming involved in numerous projects.
Of the many performers he has worked with we can list Tony Scott, Art Farmer, Didier Lockwood, Clifford Jordan, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Turk Mauro, Pepper Adams, Harry Edison, James Moody, Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Eddy Louiss, Éric Le Lann, Joe Lee Wilson, Mundell Lowe, Ted Nash, Jimmy Gourley, Junior Cook, Frank Wess, Marc Bertaux, Claude Barthélemy and Tony Rabeson.
In 1984, the Academy of Jazz awarded him the Boris-Vian prize for his first solo album, Six Songs. He has also been involved with other genres, such as Creole and African music, and film scores. Indeed, he has won several awards for composing original soundtracks.