David Cowley ; oboist
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David Cowley is a Buffet Artiste and one of the leading oboists in Great Britain. He plays a Buffet Prestige Greenline.

oboe player, David Cowley

He combined a long career as principal oboe of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (1979–2016) and professor of oboe at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (1979–2012), with concerto performances, recitals and masterclasses in the UK, Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand; he has also appeared as guest principal with other top British orchestras such as the LSO, LPO, Philharmonia and CBSO.

David studied at the Royal College of Music, as a Junior Exhibitioner with Sarah Francis and full-time with Terence MacDonagh and Michael Winfield. His many awards include a Munster Trust scholarship, the Joy Boughton Memorial Prize and the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal.


On completing his studies in 1978 he was immediately appointed principal oboe of Opera North and in the same year made his London debut with pianist Bryan Evans at the Purcell Room in an acclaimed recital. Since then the duo have appeared at venues all over the country including the Wigmore Hall and have broadcast many times on Radio Three. They have released recordings on the Dryad Discs label of French music for oboe and piano (DJC001) (2003) and English and Welsh Music for Oboe and Piano (DJC002) (2010).

Also in 1978 David made his concerto debut at St John's Smith Square and subsequent appearances include the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Mozart Players. His many broadcast performances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales include the Strauss, Mozart, Vaughan Williams and Elliot Carter concertos as well as the world premiere of Guto Pryderi Puw’s Concerto for Oboe.

With the BBC National Orchestra of Wales he has recorded the Oboe Concerto by William Mathias (1992/Llewellyn/Nimbus), Alun Hoddinott Doubles for oboe and harpsichord (1993/Otaka/Nimbus) and Guto Pryderi Puw Concerto for oboe (2014/Steen/Signum).

David is now based in the London area as a freelance performer and teacher.

Bryan Evans, pianoBRYAN EVANS MBE - PIANO

Bryan Evans studied at the Royal College of Music and has performed extensively as soloist and accompanist throughout the UK and Europe. He has performed at the Purcell Room, the Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square and has appeared on BBC Radios 3 and 4, Channel 4 Television and the BBC World Service.

A leading exponent of chamber opera, he is the Music Director and cofounder of Diva Opera and has given over 2,500 performances of opera accompanied by piano world wide. He has conducted performances of Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, L'elisir d’amore, and Le Nozze di Figaro (including five performances in the Opera House at the Palace of Versailles), was the associate conductor on the European Tour of Opera for Europe's productions of Mozart’s Lucio Silla and Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and in 2003 and 2004 conducted Il Matrimonio Segreto at Les Azuriales Opera Festival in Cap-Ferrat where he is also Music Director.

Bryan Evans was awarded an MBE for his services to music and opera in the 1993 New Years' Honours list.


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