Clarinet and Oboe

Clarinet and Oboe

The clarinet, though appropriate to the expression of the most poetic ideas and sentiments, is really an epic instrument – the voice of heroic love.”  Berlioz


For forty years I have played the oboe, and still I never know what is coming out. It is a perpetual anxiety. But maybe this is good. I have never the time to get myself bored.”   Marcel Tabuteau

Andrew Farmden

Andrew is a clarinettist based in London, currently completing his Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music as a scholar, under the tutelage of Chris Richards. He also studies bass clarinet with Laurent Ben Slimane and classical clarinet with Eric Hoeprich. In 2018, he completed his undergraduate studies with Andrew Marriner at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Andrew is primarily an orchestral player, and appears regularly in concerts across London. He has experience performing with orchestras such as the Hastings Philharmonic and English Arts Orchestra, and he has played with symphony orchestras abroad; most recently the Aurora Festival Orchestra, Stockholm. As a soloist, Andrew has performed Weber’s Concertino and Mendelssohn's Konzertstück with orchestra. Andrew regularly performs as a soloist in recitals and in his third year studying at Guildhall, he was a finalist in their Needlemakers’ Woodwind Competition. He also holds a strong interest in contemporary music; he has recorded Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint and has performed experimental ensemble works such as John Zorn’s Cobra. Andrew has partaken in masterclasses with Yehuda Gilad, François Benda, Pascal Moragues, and Andreas Sundén, amongst others.

Andrew has experience playing many genres of music, having performed at festivals across the UK including the Snape Proms, Spitalfields Festival and Latitude Festival with ensembles such as She'Koyokh, a Balkan/Klezmer group, Dal'Ouna, a traditional Palestinian ensemble and Lokkhi Terra, a Bangladeshi/Cuban world music collective.

Andrew is a dedicated teacher, and draws upon his performance experiences to deliver creative and engaging lessons. He has taught clarinet at the Rachmaninoff Music Academy for the past three years, and also has led workshops and coached chamber music at Centres for Advanced Training across the country.

Damla Tunçer

I was born in Konya, Turkey in 1975, and I started playing oboe at the age of eleven. I obtained my Bachelears degree (with honors) from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Conservatory in 1995. The same year I was accepted to Codarts Fine Arts University and entitled to take the soloist classes of Prof. Emanuel Abbuhl. I also had the opportunity to work with Prof, Thomas Indermuhle, Douglas Boyd, David Seggezzo and Eduardo Martinez during my Masters from 1995 to 1999.

In the same period, I furthermore played a variety of positions (1sth and 2nd oboe and englishorn) with the Rotterdam Young Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ricciotti Ensemble, conducted among others, by Valery Gergiev, Ilia Musin and Arie van Beek, in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.

For the past nineteen I years. I have been playing with the fallowing orchestras:

Bursai State iSymphoni Orchestra, iBorusani iPhilharmonic iOrchestra, I iTekfen Philharmonic Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra. Since 2004, I have been one of the solo oboists in Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, I am also able to play 2.nd oboe and enghlishorn in the same orchestra when required.

Yoel Levi, Lior Schambadal, Alexander Rahbari, Emil Tabakov, Howarth Griffts, Raoul Grunes, Jurgen Hampel, Ari Ostrowski, Theodore Kuchar are some of the other conductors that I have been playing under their condacting for many years. They often comment on my warm and rich sound, my musical flexibility , my excellent technical capacity, good intonation and ritm, my cooperative and easygoing personality and for leading capacity of woodwind section.

In 2017got my PHD diploma for oboe from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Conservatory.

Lastly, over the last decade I have become increasingly interested in Alexander Technique to further devolope my musical abilities. I eventually decided to become an Alexander Technique teacher, and as such, in 2016 I started the ITM Alexander Technique school in Bristol – England. This course will allow me to help other artists and musicians overcome various problems, particularly injuries, that their performance.