Hannah Condliffe

Award: Ian Fleming Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Oboe

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Hannah is completing her Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Christopher Cowie, Ian Hardwick and Sue Böhling, having recently graduated from the Academy with a first class Bmus Honours in 2019.

Her professional orchestral highlights include being invited to play on the Philharmonia’s European Tour in March with Esa-Pekka Salonen, alongside concerts at the RFH and the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. Hannah has enjoyed performing with Sinfonia Cymru and side-by-side with the London Sinfonietta, as well as leading a performance of Dvorak’s Wind Serenade with members of the Czech Philharmonic.

Hannah was featured playing principal oboe for the Rite of Spring BBC Prom in 2019 with Ed Gardener in a Julliard/RAM partnership orchestra. She has enjoyed playing principal oboe numerous times with the RAM Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra under namely John Wilson, Robert Trevino and Lorenza Borrani. She was the principal oboe of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2015, performances culminating at the BBC Proms and Berlin Konzerthaus with Sir Mark Elder. Hannah spent the summer of 2019 studying with Elaine Douvas and Alex Klein as a Polonsky Foundation Fellow at Aspen Music Festival.

She is the founding oboist of the Daphnis Wind Quintet; Chamber Music Fellows at the Academy. The group was awarded the Nicholas Blake Woodwind Ensemble Prize in 2018 and were semi-finalists in the Royal Overseas League competition 2018. Hannah has enjoyed performing with her wind quintet twice at the Wigmore Hall.

Hannah was delighted to play Elliott Carter’s ‘Inner Song for Solo Oboe’ at Wigmore Hall, opening a Nash Ensemble recital. Hannah’s solo performances also include performing Vivaldi’s Oboe Concerto with the Brio Chamber Orchestra and Strauss’ Oboe Concerto at the Purcell School.

Hannah was awarded the prestigious Munster Trust Neil Black Prize in 2019 and is very grateful to receive an Ian Fleming Award from Help Musicians this year.
I am so grateful to receive an Ian Fleming Award from Help Musicians this year. It will allow me to continue studying in my final year at the Royal Academy of Music to learn from such renowned musicians and receive opportunities to help platform me into the orchestral world.