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Andrew Knights

Andrew Knights studied at the Royal College  of Music and then won a French Government Scholarship to study in Paris with Pierre Pierlot. In 1978 he was made Greater London Arts Musician of the Year and in 1979 was a prize-winner at the Leeds Instrumental Competition. Following these awards he received many solo engagements with orchestras in England, Europe and South America. In 1981 he won a scholarship from the Karajan Foundation to study in Berlin where he was often invited to play with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Later that year he was also a prize-winner in the Prague International Oboe Competition.

In 1983 Andrew joined the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. After some years he left to become a guest principal with many orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Lyon Opera. He was soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra in the Queen Motherís 90th birthday festivities and played for an audience 0f 50 million through the BBC World Service and Radio 2.