Frank de Bruine oboe

Frank de Bruine received his musical training at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, from where he graduated with distinction.

Since then he has played with many period orchestras in Holland, England, Germany and France. He plays principal oboe for the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Concerto Copenhagen.

He is also renowned as a soloist performing across Europe, the USA, South America and Japan. He has recorded oboe concertos by Vivaldi and Albinoni with the AAM and Christopher Hogwood, as well as recordings for the Wigmore Hall Live Label and Harmonia Mundi (also with the AAM). He features on the AAM’s acclaimed new recording of JS Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Most recently he has recorded Handel’s Oboe Sonatas Op.1 with Richard Egarr.

Frank makes regular appearances as a teacher at courses in Holland, Poland and Canada. He teaches early oboe at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and at the Utrecht Conservatory.

In profile

“Baroque music was my first love, and when I discovered the baroque oboe while still a student, I knew immediately: this is it, nothing else will do. What makes the baroque oboe such a great instrument to play? With a sound resembling the human voice it is perfectly equipped to tell the story of the music — Johann Mattheson didn’t characterise it as “eloquent” for nothing. It has the power to hold its own against the trumpet, yet it is also a match for the flute in sweetness. Telemann, very well aware of these qualities, exploited them to the full in tonight’s pieces.”

Frank speaking ahead of performances of ‘table music’ in September 2012

In performance: JS Bach’s Concerto for oboe and violin