Gordon Hunt was appointed Solo Oboe of the Oxford Philharmonic in 2022. He performs throughout the world as soloist and conductor, directs masterclasses and plays with renowned chamber ensembles. He has a distinguished orchestral career as Principal Oboe of the London Chamber Orchestra and formerly, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. Regarded as one of the world’s leading oboists, he has appeared as soloist with conductors such as Ashkenazy, Giulini, Muti and Rattle. In 2005 he played the Adagio from Albinoni’s D minor concerto at the Service of Dedication and Prayer to celebrate the marriage of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Gordon has recorded a wide range of music for BMG, EMI and Virgin, including all of Mozart’s solo music. His recording of the Richard Strauss Concerto with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy (Decca) has been named the finest available by the Penguin CD Guide. Gordon is Professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
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Laura Ruiz Ferreres is Solo Clarinet of the Oxford Philharmonic and Professor of Clarinet at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main. Previously, she was First Solo Clarinettist of the Komische Oper in Berlin under Kirill Petrenko. She is the artistic co-director and co-founder of DeltaChamber Music Festival, an international chamber music festival that takes place every August in Amposta (Spain). Her solo work includes performances with several orchestras such as Komische Oper Berlin, Brandenburger Symphoniker, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. At present, Laura regularly collaborates as solo clarinettist with the Staatskapelle Dresden, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Staatskapelle Berlin, Cadaqués, Orquestra del Gran Teatre del Liceu, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Mahler Chamber Orchester. She has played with renowned conductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Daniel Barenboim, Teodor Currentzis, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernhard Haitink, Sir Neville Marriner, Kent Nagano, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Daniele Gatti and Pierre Boulez.
Gretha Tuls was born in Enschede, The Netherlands, where Hannie Kruijt taught her the bassoon from the age of 9. She studied at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Johan Steinmann, Prof Gustavo Núñez, Dorian Cooke, and at the Musik Hochschule Mannheim with Prof Ole Kristian T. Dahl. Gretha has recently been appointed Principal Bassoon of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and in the Residentie Orchestra The Hague. She has held permanent principal bassoon positions with The Hallé and the CBSO (2010-2016). Gretha has played with orchestras around Europe, including the LSO, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and London Philharmonic. Her chamber music engagements include the Klangforum Wien and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Bence Bogányi studied as a post-graduate student at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, where he studied with Klaus Thunemann. In 1997, Bogányi won the First Prize at the International Crusell Competition in Finland, and in 2006 the First Prize at the International Fernand Gillet/Hugo Fox Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana. His first orchestral position brought him to the Finnish State Opera in Helsinki as principal bassoon in 1997; in 2002 he joined the Helsinki Philharmonic, and in 2004 he became the principal bassoon of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. He served as Principal Bassoonist of the Münchner Philharmoniker from 2007 until 2013 when he began his bassoon professorship at the the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. He was a member of the PMF Orchestra in 1999.
Lorraine Schulman has been Sub-Principal Clarinet of the Oxford Philharmonic since its inception. She began her studies at the junior department of the RNCM and continued there as a full-time student, learning with Sidney Fell, Thea King and Anthony Pay. In 1980, she took up the position of sub-principal clarinet with the Ulster Orchestra, touring extensively and making many BBC and commercial recordings. In 1984, Lorraine moved to London where she has been worked as a freelance player ever since. Orchestral engagements include the ENO, the Royal Ballet, RPO, City of London Sinfonia, ENB, WNO, and the Bournemouth and National Symphony Orchestras. Lorraine’s interest in chamber music has taken her all over Europe including the Edinburgh Festival, the Cervo Festival in Italy and Spain’s León Festival. She has performed with the Esterhazy Wind Octet at London’s Purcell Room and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet to critical acclaim at St John’s Smith Square.
Joseph Sanders is Sub-Principal Oboe of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. He read Modern Languages at Cambridge before studying at the Royal Academy of Music and the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik in Germany. He was oboist for Ensemble Modern Frankfurt for many years, playing in numerous world premieres and recordings and has worked with many of the leading composers of our day, including John Cage, Hans Werner Henze, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Oliver Knussen George Benjamin, Maurizio Kagel, Heinz Holliger, HK Gruber, Helmut Lachenmann and Steve Reich. He now enjoys a varied diet of freelance work as soloist, chamber musician and principal oboe: everything from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Rambert Dance to opera, ballet and West End shows. Joseph is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Clara Dent was born in Berlin. She began her oboe studies with Arthur Jensen at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and, under the tuition of Günther Passin, graduated with a master’s diploma from the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. She is Prize-winner of the ARD Competition in Munich and the Intern. Competition in Geneva. Clara Dent also won the international stipend of the Kulturvereinigung in Munich. She performs as a soloist with many renowned orchestras and has had numerous solo performances recorded for CD and radio. Her solo albums (Les Folies d`Espagne, La Primadonna) were highly praised by critics. She was the principal oboist of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berlin for many years and plays as guest principal with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and many more. Clara Dent has taught oboe since 2005 in Munich and Augsburg, and since 2009 as professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Nürnberg. She also gives international master classes in Europe and Asia. As a chamber musician she is invited to festivals all over Europe.
Robert is Sub-Principal Flute of Oxford Philharmonic. He plays regularly with many of the major UK orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, CBSO, Welsh and English National Operas, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia. He also works with a variety of chamber music groups including CHROMA and the Galliard Ensemble. He has given classes at conservatoires and teaches on the Oxford International Flute summer school as well as at the Junior Guildhall and schools around Oxford.
Described by The Times in 2015 as a player of ‘distinction and intelligence’, Anthony Robb has been a member of the Oxford Philharmonic since its inception and currently holds the position of Solo Flute. He has appeared as soloist with the orchestra in concertos by Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Mozart and Howard Blake. He has also appeared as soloist with the Hallé, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. His discography includes a disc of chamber music by Jean Francaix for Oboe Classics, and two discs of chamber music by English and French female composers on the Ambache label. His recording of the Tailleferre Concertino was described as ‘shining’ by Gramophonemagazine (April 2016). Anthony is firmly committed to outreach and educational work. He has helped develop and lead hospital projects for Oxford Philharmonic and leads projects for Wigmore Hall’s ‘Music for Life’ working with people living with dementia.