Roger Cole

Roger Cole, OboeRoger Cole has been the principal oboist of the Vancouver Symphony since 1976. He was also the principal oboist of the CBC Radio Orchestra for 3 decades. From 1998-2011 he was the principal oboist of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra.

He received his early musical training in Seattle, Washington with Seattle Symphony principal oboist Bernard Shapiro and he went on to become a scholarship student at Yale University and The Juilliard School where he studied with the renowned American oboist, Robert Bloom.

Mr. Cole has participated in summer music festivals at Aspen, Tanglewood,and Marlboro.

He performs regularly in solo and chamber music recitals and has appeared as soloist with the VSO and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra many times. He has recorded a CD for CBC Records entitled “The Expressive Oboe”.

Mr. Cole teaches at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Academy of Music and the VSO School of Music.

In 2003 Mr. Cole was named Artistic Director and Senior Orchestra Conductor of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. Under his leadership the organization has thrived and this season celebrated its 85th season with a Gala performance at the Chan Centre with its 280 young musicians in four orchestras.