James Turnbull is an accomplished oboist
highly sought after for solo and chamber
music concerts. Gramophone Magazine
described his first recital disc Fierce Tears,
as "a notable debut" and Classical Music
Magazine selected it as their Editor's Choice
Recording. As a featured artist of the
Concert Promoters Network and the
Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, James
has performed frequently throughout the UK
and Europe. He has appeared as a soloist in
live radio broadcasts and at festivals
including the Oxford Chamber Music
Festival, Swaledale, King's Lynn and
Cambridge Summer Music. In 2010, he
performed his debut recital at the Wigmore
Hall as a Maisie Lewis award winner from
the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
James was seven when he began his oboe studies, learning with Irene Pragnell, Melanie Ragge, Celia Nicklin, Tess Miller and
Chris Cowie. After gaining a First Class degree in music from Christ Church, Oxford
University, James continued his oboe studies at the Royal Academy of Music and
under Nicholas Daniel at Trossingen Musikhochschule in Germany, where he was
awarded First Class for both his Artist and Soloist diplomas.
James is deeply committed to expanding the oboe repertoire. Composers including
Patrick Hawes, Thomas Hewitt Jones and Norbert Froehlich have written for him.
He has also worked closely with Michael Berkeley, John Casken, John Woolrich,
Thea Musgrave and Tansy Davies on their compositions for oboe. James has a keen interest in researching lost repertoire and bringing to new audiences works which
have been rarely performed.
Aside from his performing interests, James is dedicated to broadening the appeal
of the oboe and encouraging young people to learn the instrument. To this end, he
has launched a project called 'The Young Person's Guide to the Oboe' with an
accompanying website LearnToPlayTheOboe.com. James is frequently invited to
give masterclasses, workshops, and lectures about the oboe.
James plays a Lorée Royal Oboe and Cor Anglais. For more information about James
and his playing, visit www.james-turnbull.com.