Woodwind

Introducing the woodwind players of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Flutes and Piccolo
Oboes and Cor Anglais
Clarinets
Bassoons

 

Flutes and Piccolo

Gareth Davies

Gareth Davies: Principal
Member since 2000, Chair endowed in memory of Manja Leigh

‘I saw Solti conduct the LSO when I was at college in 1992: Mozart's Haffner Symphony and Maher Symphony No 5. It was breathtaking. I knew then that I simply had to play in this extraordinary group of musicians.’

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Gareth Davies joined the LSO in 2000 and has also served as Chair of the Orchestra. As well as playing, he enjoys LSO Discovery work and has written several projects which have been performed in London and the US. His book, The Show Must Go On, was a book of the year in the Financial Times and Classical Music Magazine. He has written and presented programmes on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3, and is also in demand as a teacher and performer around the world.

 
Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams: Principal Piccolo
Member since 2001

‘Having wanted to learn an instrument at school, after chime bars, the only option was the violin. My parents thought ‘we can’t face that scratching sound, how about the flute?’ (James Galway was at number one in the charts). I was very small and the teacher started me on piccolo, not the flute – so it wasn’t much better for their ears!’

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Sharon Williams joined the LSO in 2001 having also held the position of Principal Piccolo firstly in the Hong Kong Philharmonic and then the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A former student of the Royal College of Music, Sharon has also played with most of the major British orchestras and opera companies. She enjoys teaching flute and piccolo and regularly undertakes masterclasses and adjudicating. The LSO enables Sharon’s love of travelling and she loves exploring new places during downtime on tour.

 

Oboes and Cor Anglais

Olivier Stankiewicz

Olivier Stankiewicz, Principal
Member since 2015, LSO Board Member and Orchestra Comittee Member, Professor at the Royal College of Music

'I grew up in a very musical family and had many interests (for a long time I contemplated scientific studies), yet music always moved me on a deeper level. When I got my trial in the LSO, I was struck by the awesome level in the first rehearsal, the buzz was incredible. Since then, it continues to be a very exciting adventure.'

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Olivier Stankiewicz has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings and the Louvre collaborating with Alasdair Beatson, the Doric and Castalian String Quartets. He performed Attahir's Concerto Nur with the Orchestre de Lille and took part in the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival with Renaud Capuçon. Previous solo highlights include recitals at the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, the Morgan Library in New York and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany. 

He has performed Berio’s Chemins IV with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Bernd Alois Zimmerman's Concerto with the French National Orchestra broadcast by Radio France Musique, and appeared as soloist with the Tokyo Sinfonietta in Suntory Hall. Olivier has commissioned and premièred pieces by Benjamin Attahir, Tonia Ko and Laurent Durupt.

LSO Principal Oboe since 2015, Olivier's awards include First Prize at the International Oboe Competition in Japan. He was selected by YCAT in London in 2016.

   
Juliana Koch

Juliana Koch, Principal
Member since 2018, Professor at the Royal College of Music, Chair endowed by LSO Patrons

'I‘ll never forget the first rehearsal I was invited to play with the LSO – getting immersed in that sound was like a drug that immediately got me hooked. The day they offered me the job, I couldn’t believe my luck and just kept asking them if they were really sure…'

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Before joining the LSO in 2018, Juliana Koch played as Principal Oboe at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen and at Teatro alla Scala in Milan – and further became a laureate of the ARD International Music Competition 2017. Since then she has been an in-demand soloist, debuting at the Berlin Philharmonie in 2019 with the Strauss Oboe Concerto and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Other solo engagements include appearances with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Hungarian National Philharmonic among others.

Recitals and chamber music performances brought her to Musica Viva’s Huntingon Estate Music Festival in Australia, Lucerne Festival, Bachfest Leipzig, the Bamberg Konzerthalle and Deutschlandfunk Köln. A sought after Guest Principal, Juliana has appeared with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Juliana studied with François Leleux in Munich and Fabian Menzel in Frankfurt, she plays a Marigaux M2 oboe.

 
Rosie Jenkins

Rosie Jenkins
Member since 2016, Professor at the Royal College of Music

I was lucky enough to grow up in an area with a fantastic music service – my school orchestra and our county orchestra were both great! We went on tours, played Mahler symphonies and I thought it was marvellous! So I decided to practice as hard as I could, listen to as much music as possible and see if I could make a living by playing the oboe.’

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Rosie Jenkins grew up in Teesside in the North East, where she studied music through the local education authority. The county youth orchestra was fantastic and made her realise she wanted to be an orchestral musician.

Rosie studied at the Royal Academy of Music and for a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music, both on scholarships. In 2006 she returned to the North East to join the Northern Sinfonia as Second Oboe and Cor Anglais. After four happy years she returned to London, then joining the English National Opera as Co-Principal Oboe. Rosie joined the LSO Oboe section in January 2016.

 
Christine Pendrill

Christine Pendrill, Principal Cor Anglais
Member since 1986, Professor at the Royal College of Music, Chair endowed in memory of Alan Benjamin

‘Having heard the LSO play Peter and the Wolf in a schools’ concert when I was nine, my burning ambition was to play the clarinet. Fate took a different turn when I was handed an oboe at school and the rest is history!’

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While still an oboe student at the Royal College of Music, Christine Pendrill discovered a passion for the cor anglais. After freelancing with the major London orchestras for a few years, she became the Principal Cor Anglais of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1980. Five years later, she was invited to join the LSO, a role she has enjoyed ever since. In 1986, Christine became the first woman in the LSO’s history to be elected by the players to serve on its Board of Directors. During her long and varied career, Christine has performed and recorded most of the major orchestral cor anglais solos as well as many film and TV soundtracks. A particular highlight was giving the world premiere of The World’s Ransoming by James MacMillan in 1996. A concertante work written for Christine and the LSO, it was later recorded for LSO Live, conducted by Sir Colin Davis.

 

Clarinets

Chris Richards

Chris Richards, Principal
Member since 2010, Professor at the Royal Academy of Music

Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Mozart’s Gran Partita both drew me to the clarinet, which I began learning aged eight (after an attempt at the violin). I first heard the LSO live in 1994 on a National Youth Orchestra trip to hear the orchestra with Sir Colin Davis and Radu Lupu playing Mozart and Sibelius – a thrilling experience I will never forget!’

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Chris Richards studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Julian Farrell, Joy Farrall and Thea King. He reached the finals of the 2001 Shell/LSO competition, performing as a soloist with the LSO, and after his studies was appointed Principal Clarinet with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Chris joined the LSO as Principal Clarinet in 2010.

He has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the LSO, CBSO and Royal Northern Sinfonia with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, James Gaffigan, Robin Ticciati, Thomas Zehetmair and H K Gruber. Chris has played chamber music at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, LSO St Luke’s, The Sage Gateshead and Aldeburgh Festival with artists including Thomas Adès, Howard Shelley, Pascal Rogé and the Elias and Navarra string quartets.

 
Chi-Yu Mo

Chi-Yu Mo, Principal E-flat Clarinet
Member since 1998, Professor at the Royal Academy of Music

Whilst studying with Nicholas Rodwell, former LSO Principal Clarinet, I attended many LSO concerts. I was inspired particularly by the beautiful woodwind sound, leading me to regard the Orchestra as being the one ensemble in the world that I should aspire to becoming a part of.’

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Chi-Yu Mo graduated from St John's College, Cambridge with first class honours and a PhD in chemistry before studying clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won many prizes and awards. He was winner of the Britten-Pears Concerto competition as well as wind finalist in the Royal Overseas League competition.

Since joining the LSO, he has frequently played as Guest Principal Clarinet with many UK orchestras as well as recording and touring with the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra and World Orchestra for Peace. He is committed to teaching the next generation of orchestral players and has given masterclasses and coached in China, France, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Spain and the US, as well as teaching at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is a Fellow. He has been a member of the LSO since 1998 having previously been Principal E-flat Clarinet of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Bassoons

Rachel Gough

Rachel Gough, Principal
Member since 1999, Chair endowed by Brian & Susan Dickie

‘Having spent many years sawing away on the violin, I decided I’d like to try a wind instrument with a deeper sound, so I chose the bassoon. Little did I know back then that bassoons have the most fabulous position in the orchestra, sitting right in the middle, surrounded by incredible music-making.’

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Rachel Gough read anthropology and music at King’s College, Cambridge, before gaining scholarships for postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music and the Hannover Hochschule für Musik with Klaus Thunemann. During this time, she was Principal Bassoon of the European Community Youth Orchestra and won the Gold Medal at the Royal Overseas League. Prior to joining the LSO in 1999, Rachel was Co-Principal with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is now a Fellow.

Rachel has appeared as a soloist with Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Sir Neville Marriner, Gianandrea Noseda and Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Several solo works have been written for her, including the London Concerto by Huw Watkins, commissioned as part of the LSO's centenary celebrations. She has been a jury member on the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich.

 
Daniel Jemison

Daniel Jemison, Principal
Member since 2013, Professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Even before I started to learn an instrument, I was thrilled by the sound of the LSO on my brother's Star Wars soundtrack record – luckily he didn't mind me borrowing it...’

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Daniel Jemison studied music at Clare College, Cambridge before deciding to pursue a career as a bassoonist. He was taught by Sergio Azzolini, Robin O’Neill, Graham Sheen and Ian Denley. Before joining the LSO, Daniel was Principal Bassoon with the English National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Co-Principal Bassoon with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie. He has recorded the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the RPO, and can be heard on many film soundtracks, including Harry Potter, Marvel’s Avengers and Star Wars. When not scraping reeds, Dan enjoys going for a run and trying to catch his dog.

 
Joost Bosdijk

Joost Bosdijk
Member since 2007, Professor at the Royal College of Music

'Classical music wasn’t really part of my upbringing, but I remember loving hearing it. A friend played clarinet: rather than waiting for her to finishing practising, I joined the same wind band on clarinet (the waiting list for saxophone was too long). A year and lots of begging my parents later, I bought a bassoon with money earned with weekend and holiday jobs.'

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Joost Bosdijk started playing bassoon aged 15 and entered the Royal College of Music Junior Department in The Hague two years later. After completing the undergraduate course he studied at the Music College Hanns Eisler with Klaus Thunemann. In his student years Joost was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and later the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, as a bassoonist and contra bassoonist. Among others, he has played with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. After four years as second bassoon of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Joost came to the LSO.

As a chamber musician Joost has played in the Delft and Oxford Chamber Music festivals and in ensembles from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the LSO. He has played many concerts with bassoonist Bram van Sambeek, with whom he also recorded Sophia Gubaidulina’s Duo for two bassoons on Van Sambeek’s CD Kaleidoscope.

 
Dominic Morgan

Dominic Morgan, Principal Contra Bassoon
Member since 1994, Professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Both my parents were passionate musicians so music was all around us when I was growing up. It’s was just a natural thing to do. I started on the flute but my school had a bassoon no one was using. I had a go at that and the rest is history.’

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Growing up in North London, Dominic Morgan studied the bassoon with Martin Gatt who, at that time, was Principal Bassoon of the LSO. He went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with William Waterhouse, also an ex-Principal Bassoon of the LSO. After freelancing successfully for a number of years, Dominic was appointed Sub-Principal Bassoon of the English National Opera, a position he held until joining the LSO. When he is not busy on the concert platform or recording studio, Dominic enjoys cooking, baking bread or cycling up mountains. He also teaches reed making and is Professor of Contrabassoon at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.