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Daniel, Nicholas (oboe)
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Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

'A formidable virtuoso' (The Guardian)

Nicholas Daniel has long been acknowledged as one of the world’s great oboists, and is one of Britain’s best known musicians. He has significantly enlarged the repertoire for his instrument with the commissioning of hundreds of new works.

Nicholas has been Music Director of the Leicester International Music Festival for many years. He is Professor at the Trossingen Musikhochschule in Germany and at the Guildhall School of Music in London, and he records and broadcasts widely. He was honoured in 2012 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the prestigious Queen’s Medal for Music, and in 2020 he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Nicholas was put into the spotlight at the age of 18 when he won the BBC Young Musician competition, after which he quickly established his career with debuts at the BBC Proms and on disc. He made his conducting debut at the BBC Proms in 2004.

He has been a soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, performing a huge range of repertoire and premiering works written for him by composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Henri Dutilleux, James MacMillan, Thea Musgrave, John Tavener and Michael Tippett. His recording of concertos by Vaughan Williams and MacMillan was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Premiere Award in 2016.

Nicholas is a founder member of the Britten Sinfonia, the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet, whose debut disc was released to great acclaim on the Harmonia Mundi label in 2017. He also works regularly with the pianists Charles Owen and Julius Drake, and with many leading string quartets. He is principal oboist of Camerata Pacifica, California’s leading chamber music ensemble.


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