Rosie Staniforth

Sub-Principal Oboe / Cor Anglais

Rosie Staniforth 2016

Rosie Staniforth was brought up in Yorkshire, where she began playing the oboe at the age of nine. She read Modern Languages at Oxford University before being awarded a post-graduate scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where she studied with John Anderson and Michael Winfield, and gave the London premiere of the Horovitz Oboe Concerto.

She continued her studies with eminent oboist Maurice Bourgue at the Geneva Conservatoire (where she gained a first-class Virtuosité diploma) and, subsequently, at the Paris Conservatoire, on the prestigious Troisième Cycle programme. Rosie has won numerous prizes at international competitions, including first prize at the Hans Schaeuble Cor Anglais competition, and has given many concerto performances, most recently Vaughan Williams in Glasgow and Strauss in Stirling.

Rosie is an active chamber musician- highlights include projects with the Soloists of the Philharmonia and the Maurice Bourgue Wind Ensemble- and performs regularly with many of the UK's eminent orchestras, as well as guesting with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe several times a year.  

She accepted a permanent position with the SCO in 1998 and was appointed to the teaching staff at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2003. She has been tutoring the oboe section of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland for the last 10 years and enjoys an annual trip to Ullapool in August, to coach on the Variations Chamber Music Course. 

Rosie loves opera, horse-riding and dancing, in particular the Argentine tango, which she pursues in Edinburgh, Buenos Aires and post-concert in many European cities whilst on tour.