Born in Liverpool in 1983, Kenny Sturgeon started playing the oboe aged 15 and studied privately with Ruth Davies and Jonathan Small before accepting a scholarship to study with Stéphane Rancourt and Rosie Staniforth at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, in Glasgow.
Graduating in 2005, Kenny moved to London after winning a scholarship for postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music, firstly with Christopher Cowie and Gareth Hulse and later with John Anderson. Whilst at the RCM, Kenny was the recipient of many prizes including the EMI Sound Foundation Scholarship; he also won awards from the Musician’s Benevolent Fund, The Martin Musical Trust/Philharmonia Orchestra Scholarship and was the winner of a Countess of Munster Scholarship – taking part in its recital scheme at the Purcell Room. During his time at the RCM, Kenny had the great privilege to be invited to perform with the European Union Youth Orchestra, under Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Kenny graduated with distinction from the RCM in 2007, receiving a diploma in Advanced Performance, and subsequently embarked on a busy freelance career, performing with almost all of the Orchestras in the UK and Ireland, as well as deputising in London’s West End and playing in various commercial recording sessions. In addition to Kenny’s freelance work, he has also had trials with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Welsh National Opera and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared on many CD recordings and radio broadcasts for Classic FM and Naxos, has performed at the BBC Proms on several occasions with the BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National and Aurora Orchestras and at the Edinburgh International Festival with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He has made several radio and television broadcasts.
In 2012, Kenny was appointed by Jaap van Zweden as Principal Cor Anglais with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Returning to the UK in 2013, Kenny has not returned to London but to the Peak District, where he continues to freelance with Orchestras all over the UK. He is the newly-appointed Principal Oboe of the NCO.