David Agnew (oboe)
David Agnew joined the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in 1982, touring Europe, the Far East and North America as player and soloist. Born in Dublin, he studied piano, recorder and guitar before taking up the oboe at the age of seventeen. With support from the Arts Council of Ireland, David studied with Heinz Holliger and Maurice Bourgue in London, Paris, Avignon and Cologne. He won the ‘Principal Prize’ in 1979 while a student at the College of Music in Dublin and completed his Licentiate of Trinity College London in 1981. He has recorded with some of the world’s finest musicians and companies including the Chieftains, Phil Coulter, Frank Patterson, Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Rod Stewart, R.E.M., Wet Wet Wet, Secret Garden, the Irish Film Orchestra and Liam Lawton. He has performed with artists including Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras, Kiri te Kanawa, Juan Diego Florez, Lang Lang, Sir James Galway, Paul Brady, Sinéad O’Connor, Altan, Sharon Shannon and Finbar Furey. David holds degrees in Botany from University College Dublin.