The oboist that Boulez chose

We are sad to report the death in Bristol, after a long illness, of Robin Miller, a prince among British oboists. He was 72.

Robin was picked by Pierre Boulez as principal oboe in the BBC Symphony Orchestra and went on to play for 13 years in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

He was a founder member of the Nash Ensemble and was chosen by Peter Maxwell Davies to perform Strathclyde Concerto #1.

Our condolences to his wife Mary, family and friends.


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photo: SCO

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  • Robin was at the SCO for 13 years, from 1976 until 1989. He was replaced by another Robin, Robin Williams, three years later who is still performing brilliantly in the first oboe chair. The Strathclyde Concertos were a project for Peter Maxwell Davis with his close connection with the orchestra to write a concerto for all of the orchestra’s principal players. The Oboe Concerto was the first one in the series and performed at a BBC Prom with the SCO in the late 1980s. Robin Miller was a very fine player but unfortunately suffered poor health latterly which severely curtailed his playing career.

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