"...dazzlingly good chamber ensemble…
exuberantly expressive, intimate style…
gorgeously idiomatic playing’
The Times
Christopher O'Neal
Wind: oboe

Christopher O'Neal's varied career has always centred on a core of chamber music-making with the finest ensembles in Britain. A founder member of award-winning and ground-breaking ensembles Capricorn and the Elysian Wind Quintet, he has been the oboist of the Fibonacci Sequence since the group's inception in 1994.
He is a long-standing principal oboe and soloist with the Orchestra of St Johns, the London Mozart Players and formerly the English Sinfonia, playing concertos the length and breadth of the UK and Europe.
He has taken part in numerous celebrated recordings including the Gramophone Award-winning premi?re recording of music for wind and piano by Gustav Holst with the Elysian Quintet and Anthony Goldstone on Chandos. His CD "Oboe" of chamber music with the Fibonacci Sequence was enthusiastically received by critics in Gramophone and BBC Music, and has had considerable exposure on Radio 3 and Classic FM.
As a freelance orchestral player, Chris has played as guest principal with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the UK, and his versatility extends to the commercial studio where he has numerous films to his name, notably 'The Madness of King George'.
Chris studied with Terence MacDonagh at the Royal College of Music and with Heinz Holliger in Freiburg, Germany, generously supported by awards and scholarships from the Countess of Munster Trust, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the RVW Foundation. In his turn he is now Professor of Oboe at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in its magnificent new setting on the Thames at Greenwich.

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