London has new principal oboe

London has new principal oboe


norman lebrecht

August 07, 2018

Juliana Koch has quietly moved from the Royal Danish Opera to the London Symphony Orchestra as principal oboe.

A prizewinner at the ARD International Music Competition 2017, she will share principal oboe duties with Olivier Stankiewicz.

She will also hold the title of professor of oboe at the Royal College of Music.


  • Joseph McGuire says:

    This is very old news. Are you just coming out of hibernation?

  • Geoffrey Bridge says:

    One wonders if after a hard Brexit both Olivier and Juliana would have to return to France and Germany respectively. Or, will the LSO have to prove that there isn’t a British player who is capable of filling the chair in order to keep both these excellent players?
    Maybe though, Jonathan Kelly will have to return from the Berlin Phil and with Sarah Roper from the Seville Orchestra, do a swap! Strange world we live in.

    Geoffrey Bridge Chairman of the British Double Reed Society

    • Malcolm James says:

      Presumably the exhaustive audition process will prove this, unless they have to show that no British players are appointable, in which case they’ll never be able to hire a foreign player again.

    • MacroV says:

      If you win an open audition, by definition you’ve demonstrated, if not that no resident of that country is qualified, but that you’re the best available candidate, which should be enough. If Man U can continue to sign foreign footballers, I assume the LSO can sign a foreign principal oboe, even post-Brexit.

  • Tamino says:

    She will only hold the title of professor, or will she also do the job?
    Is it possible and legal in Britain, to be a professor and have a full time orchestra job at the same time?

    • Dave says:

      Yes it is.

      Many “full-time” professionals have to do other stuff too. There’s not money sloshing around orchestras here like there is in the states.

      • Tamino says:

        But how is that possible, to do both jobs, fully?
        Don’t require both jobs 100% and more of the person?
        Or is it an indirect admittance, that a full time orchestra musician job is actually only a part time job with lots of spare time on the side? Same for a music professor?

        • Saxon Broken says:

          Er…Preucil taught as well as performed in the orchestra in Cleveland.

          Even at US universities, teaching is no more than 5-10 hours a week during term. And a few hours a week of administrative tasks. It would be fairly easy to combine with performing in a professional orchestra if both parties agreed.

  • professor says:

    Koch… any relation?

  • Allen says:

    Despite Brexit.

    • Tamino says:

      Wait until it’s here. That ‘old delusional farts want their glorious Empire back’ small majority’s decision at the voting booth.

      • Furzwängler says:

        “Small majority”? The facts:

        While the national result was relatively close (52 per cent v 48 per cent), a much larger majority of parliamentary seats supported Brexit – a whopping 64 per cent of seats in Great Britain voted Leave. Around 75 per cent of constituencies won by the Conservatives in the general election voted to Leave.

        But back to music…

        • Tamino says:

          What are you trying to say? that some parts of the country, some constituencies were more in favor of Brexit? Did anybody doubt that?
          But then you also must mention all the centers of intelligence and academic rigor, the university towns, that voted overwhelmingly against it.
          And the people below 60, pretty much all people who actually still work and pay the most of the taxes, who voted against it.

          The data is clear. Old people and stupid (uneducated) people voted in favor of Brexit.

          • Furzwängler says:

            So you are saying that the billionaires Sir James Dyson, of vacuum cleaner fame, and Tim Martin, the founder of the Wetherspoons pub chain, who are both active Leave supporters, are both stupid (i.e. uneducated) old men, is that it?

            What a thoroughly stupid remoaner comment.

  • mr oakmountain says:

    Congratulations, Ms Koch, and best wishes for a long and satisfying career!