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Ole Kristian Dahl and Juliana Koch

RCM welcomes world-renowned musicians to Woodwind Faculty

Friday 9 November 2018

The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce that renowned musicians Ole Kristian Dahl and Juliana Koch join the College’s impressive roster of professors from September 2018. Ole will join as Visiting Professor of Bassoon, whilst Juliana joins the department as oboe professor.

Ole Kristian Dahl is one of the world’s most outstanding bassoon players and teachers. After studying at the Conservatoire Superieur de Musique in Geneva with Roger Birnstingl, in 1998 he won first prize at the CIEN Riddes Schweiz competition. Subsequently studying with Dag Jensen in Hannover, he became solo bassoon of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen and Cologne’s WDR Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Ole has performed with orchestras all over the world. He is in great demand as a teacher and leader of masterclasses; 38 of his former students are now working internationally as orchestral musicians. He is Professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim and Principal Bassoon with the Swedish National Symphony Orchestra.

Ole said: 'On my two recent visits to the Royal College of Music, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the talented and very open and receptive students. There is a wonderful atmosphere in the Woodwind Faculty and I am honoured and delighted to start my work as Visiting Professor of Bassoon, alongside such a wonderful team.'

Also joining the RCM in September is the London Symphony Orchestra’s principal oboist, Juliana Koch. Juliana is a laureate of the ARD International Music Competition 2017 and plays as a soloist and guest principal with many of Europe’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Bayerisches Staatsorchester in Munich. She has also played as principal oboe with the Royal Danish Orchestra at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen and with Filarmonica della Scala at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. She has studied with François Leleux in Munich and Fabian Menzel in Frankfurt, Jacques Tys in Paris and Saskia Fikentscher in Munich, studying baroque oboe.

Juliana said: ‘I feel honoured to become part of the Royal College of Music Woodwind Faculty and to be joining the other fabulous oboe professors here; what an outstanding team of teachers! It has been a joy so far meeting the students and experiencing the warm and supportive atmosphere during classes. I‘m very much looking forward to teaching within the College’s inspiring environment.’

Simon Channing, the RCM’s Head of Woodwind, commented: ‘Ole and Juliana have already made a huge impression at the Royal College of Music. Ole's wonderful teaching is a uniquely inspiring combination of great imaginative insight and clear sighted, practical advice on all aspects of playing. Juliana gave an inspirational masterclass at the RCM in June and is both a wonderful musician and passionately committed teacher. This is an exciting moment for the Woodwind Faculty which now boasts an unrivalled team of professors.’

Find out more about the RCM Woodwind Faculty and discover upcoming events here.