Transfer day deadline: Principal oboe gets an upgrade

Transfer day deadline: Principal oboe gets an upgrade


norman lebrecht

February 15, 2014

Christopher Bouwman , principal oboe of Palau des les Arts Valencia won today #1 oboe position at Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He upgrades from a Spanish salary to a Swiss bank.

christopher bouwman


  • Micaela says:

    Valencia’s Les Arts Orchestra is starting to look like a Minnesota Orchestra replay. The best players are bailing out due to economic problems. The number of musicians in the orch. is now down to 51, after Mr. Bouwman’s departure. It started with over 70 in 2005.

    Placido Domingo lamented the dwindling no. of musicians in Les Arts in a recent interview:

  • Tubastyles says:

    Then he is probably taking over from my good friend Roland Perrenoud….. A very hard act to follow!!!!

  • The loss of Spain is the gain of Switzerland. Such a high profile and talented musician leaving is not good for Valencia. I hope the pay deal is as good as the musician.