Following international auditions that attracted over 200 applicants from five continents the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Principal Oboe and Principal Trombone.

Twenty-two year old Dávur Juul Magnussen from the Faroe Islands has been appointed as Principal Trombone and formally takes up the position in August, and twenty-five year old French oboist Emmanuel Laville joins as Principal Oboe. Laville will make his Principal début in November.

Dávur Juul Magnussen is currently a student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama studying under former RSNO Principal Trombone Lance Green.

Emmanuel Laville graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in 2006, winning first prize in Oboe and Chamber Music. In 2007 he entered the Academy of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich.

RSNO Music Director Stéphane Denève: “It is vital for the future of the RSNO that we recruit the very best musicians - so I'm absolutely thrilled about the appointments of Dávur Juul Magnussen and Emmanuel Laville. It was challenging to find great principals to match the exceptional level of both the oboe and trombone sections that I admire so much, and I really feel that we have now in place perfect dream teams for those two instruments. I can’t wait to start making music with them!”

One of the RSNO’s most generous supporters, Hedley Wright, who sponsors both the Principal Oboe and Principal Trombone chairs, welcomed the appointments: “I am delighted that these two important positions have been filled with such talented individuals. I offer my sincerest congratulations to them both and look forward to getting to know them in the coming years.”


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