Dan Bates is principal oboe with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He also holds principal positions with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the City of London Sinfonia. He has played guest principal for various orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in London, Daniel studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Pembroke College, Cambridge and LAMDA drama school. He was the youngest ever winner of the Royal Overseas League Competition and also won two major international competitions, in Italy and Romania.
He has performed concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the English Chamber Orchestra and has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. He is the artistic director of FitzFest – a community chamber music festival based in Fitzrovia, Central London. As an actor his credits include the title role in The Picture of Dorian Gray (Vienna’s English Theatre) Fedotik in The Three Sisters (West End) and Adrian Green in Casualty (BBC TV). He has run the London Marathon twice, in aid of Barnado’s, and has a cat called Tolstoy.