Lecturer - Oboe
Ian Franklin has been principal oboist of Orchestra London Canada since 1986, and is a lecturer at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University. He is a founding member of the Aeolian Winds, one of Canada’s best-known wind ensembles. Ian is a native of Victoria, B.C., where his early training in voice and piano began at the age of five. His teachers included Robin Wood (piano) of Victoria, Bernard Shapiro, principal oboist of the Seattle Symphony, and Ray Still, principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony. He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and a finalist in the CBC Talent Festival competition. Ian was appointed principal oboist of the Victoria Symphony at the age of 17. He taught for the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the University of Victoria, freelanced with the Vancouver Symphony, and toured with the National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet orchestras.
For 14 years Ian was principal oboist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Saskatchewan Wind Quintet. He also freelanced with the Saskatoon Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, and the Minot Symphony, and was on the faculties of the Regina Conservatory of Music, the University of Regina, and the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts. In 1982 he was interim oboist with the York Winds (Toronto), and in 1988 he was principal oboist of the Colorado Music Festival. Since joining Orchestra London, Ian has freelanced with many orchestras and festivals in Ontario, and has taught for the National Music Camp of Canada, the Nova Scotia Youth Symphony, and as a mentor for the National Academy Orchestra.
Ian has performed as a soloist with the Victoria and Regina Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra London, the CBC Orchestra (Vancouver), the Symphony Orchestra of San Luis Potosi (Mexico), and many smaller orchestras. Ian has been a frequent CBC recitalist, both as soloist and chamber musician, and has a list of recordings, which includes several discs featuring the Aeolian Winds and a solo CD with Erik Schultz, trumpet, and the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra.