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Christopher Redgate

Christopher Redgate (b 1956) – Biographical Details

Between 2009 and 2012 Christopher Redgate was the holder of an AHRC Fellowship in Creative and Performing Arts at the Royal Academy of Music, London. As part of this fellowship he has developed the Howarth-Redgate Oboe; an instrument designed for the performance of contemporary repertoire. In addition he has been working in collaboration with a number of composers to develop repertoire specifically written for this new instrument.

Since his time as a student at the Royal Academy of Music, Christopher Redgate has specialised in the performance of contemporary oboe music. He has been described as having ‘extraordinary exploratory technical brilliance’ (Music Web) and of being a 'tireless champion' of extended techniques (Double Reed Magazine). This specialisation has inspired many composers to write for him (examples include Michael Finnissy, Roger Redgate, Christopher Fox, James Clarke, Paul Archbold, Michael Young, Fabrice Fitch, Joe Cutler and David Gorton) and as a result he has given premiere performances of a great number of works. He is also active in commissioning and frequently performs works by younger composers.

His performing career has taken him all over the world as a soloist, or in ensembles; he has performed in most European countries, Scandinavia, Australia, America, Canada, Mexico and China. He has worked with many ensembles including Exposé, Suoraan, Trio Krosta, Kreutzer Quartet, Arditti Quartet, Firebird Ensemble, Music Projects/London, Lontano, Ensemble Modern, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Ixion, Apartment House, Topologies, London Sinfonietta and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

He has been active as a teacher both of oboe and in workshops for composers. From 1986 to 1992 he was Professor of oboe at the International New Music Course in Darmstadt. Recent teaching events have included oboe classes at the Royal Academy of Music (oboe class and research presentations), Royal Scottish Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, The Royal Welsh College of Music and at Kingston University.

Composition workshops (writing for oboe) have been presented at Kings College London, Huddersfield University, Goldsmith’s College, Kingston University, and Birmingham Conservatoire and in workshops run by the SPNM and the BMIC.

He broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio Three and has several solo CDs. Most recently: New Music for a New Oboe (vol. 1) (Metier), Greatest Hits of All Time (metier), Ferneyhough Chamber Music with Ensemble Expose (Metier) and Roxburgh Oboe Music (Metier). Other CDs include: Oboe+ :Berio and beyond (Oboe Classics), Lost Lands (The music of Michael Finnissy) (Metier), and Pasculli: the Paganini of the Oboe (Oboe Classics). With the composer Paul Archbold he has recently recorded and written research and teaching material: Multiphonics and the Oboe which is available on iTunes U (funded by Kingston University).
He has contributed three articles to an edition of Contemporary Music Review and is working on a book on the interpretation of contemporary oboe music and contributing a chapter in a new book on the music of Michael Finnissy.

His performances frequently include the use of electronics and especially of the lap top computer and for many years now he has been including improvisation as a significant part of his recitals.
Chris studied at Chethams' School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music where Richard Morgan and Evelyn Barbirolli taught him. During his time at the Royal Academy he won a several prizes and represented the Academy in a number of concerto performances. A number of prizes in international competitions marked the beginning of his professional performing career. www.christopherredgate.co.uk