James Eastaway


Visiting Tutor - Baroque Oboe

Area of work

Wind, Brass & Percussion Department

Contact details


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Faculty of Music, King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JF

Email: [email protected]

Phone One: +44 (0)20 8305 4444


James Eastaway has played the oboe since the age of eleven, but only considered a career in music after taking up the baroque oboe while he was studying medicine at Edinburgh University. During that time he was occasionally offered work with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and successfully auditioned for a place in the European Community Baroque Orchestra.James works most regularly with the English Baroque Soloists, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and London Handel Orchestra and has taken part in over 50 recordings. He has played principal oboe for many prominent conductors including Sir Charles Mackerras, Mark Elder, Philippe Hereweghe, William Christie, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington, Harry Christophers, Richard Hickox and Paul Mcreish. As a soloist James has also performed, broadcast and recorded concertos and chamber concerts. During 2000, as part of the 250th anniversary of Bach's death, James was a regular player in Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Bach Cantata Pilgrimage and in 2003 took part in the first complete performance of Berlioz epic Les Troyens in Paris.

Qualifications / Educational Background

University of Edinburgh

Teaching Experience

James is currently Professor of Baroque and Classical Oboes at Trinity Laban and the Royal College of Music and has also taught for the Academies Musicales de Saintes.

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