Christopher Redgate

oboe, cor anglais

For over thirty years Christopher Redgate has specialised in the performance of contemporary oboe repertoire and has performed throughout Europe as well as further afield. He has been described as having ‘extraordinary exploratory technical brilliance’ (Music and Vision) and of being a ‘tireless champion’ of extended techniques (Double Reed News). This has led him to develop a new instrument, the Howarth-Redgate Oboe.

In his activities as a performer he has developed significantly several of aspects of oboe technique; leading him to a re-evaluation of a number of performance practices. His concerts usually include solo improvisations, which allow him to further explore the more extreme areas of the oboe and its potential. Many composers have written for him (including include Michael Finnissy, Roger Redgate, Christopher Fox, James Clarke, Paul Archbold, Michael Young, Fabrice Fitch, David Gorton, Rob Keeley and Gwyn Pritchard).

As well as seeking out new works for the instrument he regularly includes the work of younger performers in his recitals. He is active also as a teacher and gives regular composer workshops as well as oboe masterclasses at colleges and universities around the world. Other recordings can be found on the Oboe Classics label. He has recently contributed articles to Contemporary Music Review and to both the British and US professional society magazines. He is currently writing a book – Interpretation and Contemporary Oboe Performance and is preparing a chapter for a new book on Michael Finnissy.

Current performing interests include developing a repertoire of music for oboe and lap top computer as well as further exploration of the field of improvisation in the ‘classical’ concert hall.

Christopher Redgate Studied at Chethams’ School of Music and at the Royal Academy of Music where he was a prize-winner. His professional career began with several prizes at international competitions. He performs regularly with many contemporary music ensembles including Exposé, Suoraan, Trio Krosta, Kreutzer Quartet, Firebird Ensemble, Music Projects/London, Lontano, Ensemble Modern, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Ixion, Apartment House and Topologies, appearing on Metier recordings with these groups.