Biography | Kenny Sturgeon | Oboe

Kenny Sturgeon | Oboe

Kenny Sturgeon


Born in Liverpool in 1983, Kenny Sturgeon took lessons with the RLPO’s Ruth Davies and Jonathan Small before attending the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2001, studying the oboe with Stéphane Rancourt, Emma Schied and Rosie Staniforth and the cor Anglais with Stephen West. In 2005 he won a scholarship for postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music, studying with Christopher Cowie, John Anderson and Gareth Hulse. Whilst at the RCM he was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and graduated in 2007 with Distinction and an Advanced Diploma in Performance. After graduation, Kenny embarked on a successful performing career, playing with almost every orchestra in the UK and Ireland as well as regularly performing in the orchestra pits of London’s West End, and several commercial recording sessions for film and TV.
In 2012, he was appointed as principal Cor Anglais with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jaap Van Sweden. Returning to the UK, Kenny became principal oboe of the Northern Chamber Orchestra in 2015 and Sub Principal oboe of the BBC Philharmonic in 2016.
In his spare time, Kenny enjoys travelling and walking the hills and trails of his hometown of Slaithwaite in West Yorkshire.