Aisling Casey (Cork, Ireland) completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at University College Cork, focusing on Music and Applied Psychology before moving to Germany to study with Prof. Klaus Becker at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover. After completing her studies there she moved to Amsterdam, where she obtained the post of co-principal oboe with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. She also was principal oboe with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic until its closure in 2013. Currently she is principal oboe with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic 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 and performances at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Finland, the Besançon Festival, France, the Isle of Man's Mananan Festival and the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Ireland. Aisling has performed with many renowned artists and orchestras, including violinist Nigel Kennedy, with whom she toured the UK and Ireland and recorded Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe for EMI Classics. She has been a jury member on a number of occasions, including Chairperson of the Jury for the European edition of the Lions Club Oboe Competition and the Grachtenfestival Conservatoire Competition.
Aisling Casey was a teacher of oboe at Codarts, Rotterdam, for many years. Additionally she is a visiting lecturer at the Cork School of Music in Ireland and she gives regular masterclasses abroad, such as at the renowned Dartington International Summer School. She is one of the founding members of Splendor, an award-winning new temple for music in the centre of Amsterdam, and co-founded the educative wing of Splendor, Splendor Kids, which focuses on music education for pre-school children. She is also one of the founding members of the award-winning LUDWIG, a brand new music company, formed in 2012, and artistic leader of the annual St. Patrick’s Festival in Amsterdam.