Aisling Casey

Aisling Casey (Cork, Ireland) is Principal Oboe with The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to this post she was Principal Oboe with The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic until its closure in 2013, and started her career as Assistant Principal with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. She has been guest principal with a number of orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St.Martin in the Fields and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Winning first prize at the Isle of Wight International Oboe Competition (now Barbirolli Competition) shortly after she arrived in Amsterdam led to some important concert appearances, including a début recital in London's Purcell Room. Aisling has performed with many renowned artists and orchestras, including violinist Nigel Kennedy, with whom she recorded Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe for EMI Classics.

Aisling is one of the founding members of Splendor, an award winning centre for music of all genres in the centre of Amsterdam. She is also one of the founders of the Grammy award winning collective, LUDWIG, which is not only a group concerned with new music practice, but also with the role of music in society. Her desire to promote the oboe in the Netherlands led to her founding the Dutch Oboe Society, Hoboplatform, of which she is the chairperson. Aisling’s curiosity for science led to her becoming a licensed Body Mapping instructor which combines the disciplines of anatomy, neuroscience and somatics to empower musicians to make healthy movement choices that promote artistic freedom in their music making. 

Following her study of Music & Psychology at University College Cork, she continued her oboe study in the renowned class of Prof. Klaus Becker at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover.