Roger Cole has been principal oboist of the Vancouver Symphony and the CBC Radio Orchestra since 1976. He received his early musical training in Seattle, Washington and 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 Radio Orchestra many times. He and Linda Lee Thomas have recorded a CD for CBC Records entitled “The Expressive Oboe”.
Mr. Cole teaches at the University of British Columbia, the VSO School of Music and the Vancouver Academy of Music.
Since 2003 Mr. Cole has been Artistic Director and Senior Orchestra Conductor of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, and since 1998 he has been the principal oboist of the Carmel Bach Festival in California.