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Ruth Bönisch

Co-Principal Oboe

Ruth Bönisch

Ruth Bönisch (née Bull) was appointed Co-Principal Oboe of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra by Maestro Edo de Waart in 2008.

Ruth has appeared as guest Principal Oboe with the Royal Northern Sinfonia (UK), Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, City of London Sinfonia and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and has also performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Ruth began playing the oboe aged 11 and soon attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department, where she was later awarded the Sally Wainwright Woodwind Prize. In 2001 she began undergraduate studies at the RCM as a Foundation Scholar, graduating with a First Class Honours degree in 2005 and an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Orchestral Performance in 2007. Whilst a student at the RCM Ruth studied with John Anderson, Chris Cowie, Gareth Hulse, Jane Marshall and David Theodore. Ruth has also benefitted from intensive masterclass courses with François Leleux, Emanuel Abbühl and Hansjörg Schellenberger.

Prior to moving to HK in 2008, Ruth was a member of Southbank Sinfonia with whom she also appeared as soloist, most notably performing Strauss's Oboe Concerto at the Anghiari Festival, Italy.

During the 2016-17 Season, Ruth took a sabbatical year and was based in Mannheim, Germany. Here she studied further with Emanuel Abbühl and was supported by a grant from ‘Katherine McGillivray’s Get a Life Fund’ (a UK-based charity supporting professional musicians in need of sabbatical leave). During this year she took up invitations to play with Das Kritische Orchester in Berlin, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and with the Kur-Sinfonie-Orchester Bad Nauheim at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman. She also appeared as a soloist, alongside Maurice Steger, in the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto Nr. 2.