TALENT MUSIC 
MASTER COURSES

OBOE PROFESSORS

ROY CARTER
professor for the programs:
Annual Course, Artistic Master, Post-Graduate Master
Roy Carter began playing the oboe at 10 years of age under the tutelage of Margaret Eliot. He was awarded a Junior Exhibition Scholarship to The Royal Academy of Music two years later and at 16 he was granted an Open Scholarship to the Royal College of Music. There he studied under Terence McDonough. He won the Joy Boughton Memorial Prize for oboe and was appointed Principal Oboe in the RCM Chamber Orchestra in his second year of study.
Subsequent to leaving college, he embarked on a freelance career across the UK, before joining the Philharmonia Orchestra. In 1978 he was appointed Principal Oboe of the Orchestra of the English National Opera and in 1986 Principal Oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for 19 years.
During that time he toured the world, working under great conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev and André Previn. On Christmas Day 1989, he performed at The Berlin Celebration Concert, commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall, as Principal Oboe of an international orchestra hand-picked and conducted by Leonard Bernstein. It was broadcast live to 22 countries.
Dominic Muldowney was commissioned to write an oboe concerto for him and the LSO to world première and record in 1992. Four more CDs followed between 1995 and 2002, this time as a member of the Deutz Trio; Alongside Paul Edmund-Davis and John Alley, then the LSO’s principal flautist and pianist respectively, He gave masterclasses and performed internationally. To hear some of his recording of the Muldowney.
In his teaching career, he have been a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music, and between 1990 and 1995 he was Professor of Oboe at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, during which tenure he edited the solo-pieces book series The Oboist’s Collection.
In popular music, he have personally recorded with Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Lindisfarne, Phil Collins and Nancy Sinatra, while the film recordings include Star Wars, Harry Potter and Braveheart, among many others.
In 2005 he joined the Northern Sinfonia as Principal Oboe, where he remained until 2009. Since then he have played as a freelance Principal Oboe in orchestras including The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra while perfecting his reeds for the use and enjoyment of all oboists.
Winner of the Joy Boughton Memorial Prize for oboe and was appointed Principal Oboe in the RCM Chamber Orchestra, Principal Oboe of the Orchestra of the English National Opera and Principal Oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra. He toured the world, working under great conductors such as Sir Colin Davis,  Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev and André Previn. Professor of Oboe at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.