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Ruth Bolister

Professorial Staff - Oboe


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

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444

An elegant soloist

Ruth Bolister


Ruth Bolister studied at Clare College, University of Cambridge, yhe Royal Academy of Music in London and the Karlsruhe Hochschule für Musik.

In 1990 she was runner-up in the woodwind final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition before winning first prize in the Isle of Wight International Oboe Competition in 1993, which led to her Wigmore Hall debut. She has also appeared as a soloist at Wigmore Hall as part of the Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Platform and the fiftieth anniversary celebrations for the oboe manufacturers T.W. Howarth and Company.

Ruth released a recording of English Oboe Concertos with the Elgar Chamber Orchestra for the ASV label in 2003 to much critical acclaim, and in 2004 she was a soloist on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night.

Ruth is Principal Oboe of English National Opera, a position she has held since 1997. She also regularly works as Guest Principal Oboe with other chamber and symphony orchestras in London.