Steven Hudson

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Wind, Brass & Percussion


Steven Hudson is Section Principal Oboe of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Professor of Oboe at both Guildhall Music & Drama and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. 

Born and raised in North Yorkshire Steven began learning the oboe at 16. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Gordon Hunt and Richard Simpson, graduating with a First-Class Honours Degree and winner of the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers woodwind prize. Further studies took him to the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris with David Walter, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music where he graduated with distinction and winner of the RCM oboe prize. During this time he was also a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra. 

Steven returned to his North East roots when he was appointed Section Leader Oboe of Royal Northern Sinfonia. During his time with RNS Steven had many highlights that included performances of C.P.E Bach’s Oboe Concerto conducted by Thomas Zehetmair, a tour of Brazil as soloist in Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto in D minor under the direction of Olli Mustonen and dressing up as a bird in the Ross Edwards oboe concerto Bird Spirit Dreaming! 

He has also appeared as soloist in Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto recorded live for Classic FM at Sage Gateshead, the Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto with Royal Northern Sinfonia conducted by Clemens Schuldt and Michael Berkeley's Oboe Concerto at the Ryedale Festival.  He directed John Tavener’s Kaleidoscopes from the oboe with the Royal Northern Sinfonia strings, and has made appearances with the London Concertante and London Mozart Players. 

An active chamber musician, Steven has given recitals and chamber music performances at the BBC Proms, China and South America. Steven is regularly invited to appear at Lars Vogt’s Spannungen Chamber Music Festival in Germany where he has collaborated with artists such as Christian Tetzlaff and Sharon Kam broadcast live on German radio.

In a performance of the Bach Oboe and Violin Concerto in Edinburgh, The Scotsman described Hudson as 'wonderfully expressive' and 'the combination of oboe and violin was magical, especially as Hudson rolled out what seemed like longer and longer phrases without apparently drawing breath.'  

Steven joined the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in April 2020 and has appeared as guest principal oboe with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, John Wilson Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. 

Aside from his teaching commitments at Guildhall and the RWCMD Steven has given classes at the Royal College of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Sage Gateshead. In 2017 he was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his services to music.

In his spare time he enjoys singing, running and sunny beaches.