Budapest Festival Orchestra

Nehil Durak


Nehil Durak was born in a small Turkish town on the western shore of the Black Sea, into a family that was highly appreciative of creative artwork. With the encouragement of her family, at the age of 12 she went to study at the Istanbul State Conservatory.

In 2005 she decided to move to Europe in order to learn more about the magical realm of classical music, to deepen her musical understanding and to enrich her skills and sensitivity.

Over the course of her career, Nehil Durak has studied oboe in Lubeck under Diethelm Jonas, in Hannover under Klaus Becker and in Paris under Jacques Tys.

What is more, she has performed with renowned orchestras in some of the world’s most famous concert halls, including the Hamburg State Opera, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Matheus in France, the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover, the Hannover State Opera, the Theater Lübeck, the Ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg and the Musical Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. She has worked under the baton of such exceptional conductors as Roger Norrington, Herbert Blomstedt, Iván Fischer, Christopher Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Simone Young, Eiji Oue, Stephen Deneve, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Jean Christopher Spinosi.

Over the course of her studies and in her emotional and musical development, all these experiences have allowed her to become more creative, sensitive, and to gain a different and unique artistic perspective.

Since 2015 she has played second oboe with the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

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