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George Caird


Since 1970, George Caird has combined a career as an oboist with one as a music educationalist, firstly teaching and later in senior posts at the Royal Academy of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and Codarts Rotterdam.
George studied the oboe with Janet Craxton and Evelyn Barbirolli at the Royal Academy of Music, with Helmut Winschermann at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie, and privately with Neil Black.  He subsequently gained an MA in music at Peterhouse, Cambridge, graduating to pursue a freelance career as an oboist.

George with binoculars

He worked with many of London’s major orchestras and was a member of The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields from 1983 to 1993 whilst also devoting much time to chamber music. He has been a member of a number of leading ensembles, notably as a founder-member of The Albion Ensemble, Vega Wind Quintet and Caird Oboe Quartet.


George has been a committed teacher and educationalist throughout his career. He joined the Royal Academy of Music as professor of oboe in 1984, became Head of Woodwind in 1987 and Head of Orchestral Studies in 1989. In September 1993, George was appointed Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University a post that he held until August 2010.  In January 2011, George was appointed Artistic Director of the Rotterdam Classical Music Academy, Codarts in Rotterdam.
George is married to the cellist Jane Salmon. He has five children Adam, Oliver, Edmund, Iona and Elizabeth (Lizzie).