David Cowley

David Cowley is principal oboe of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and also appears frequently as guest principal with other leading UK orchestras and chamber ensembles. A long career has taken him all over the world, broadcasting on BBC TV, radio and on-line.

David has given many concerto performances with his orchestra, including the world premiere of Guto Pryderi Puw’s Concerto for Oboe. He has also recorded concertos by William Mathias and Alun Hoddinott.

Following a critically acclaimed recital debut in 1978 at the Purcell Room, David has given many broadcasts and concerts of works for oboe and piano and has released two albums: “French Music for Oboe and Piano” and “English and Welsh Music for Oboe and Piano”.

As a student at the Royal College of Music, studying with Sarah Francis, Terence MacDonagh and Michael Winfield, David won many awards and was himself professor of oboe at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for more than thirty years. He continues to teach privately and in a series of international masterclasses.