Oboist Juri Vallentin’s permanent search for new forms of expression and narratives for his instrument has earned him a prominent place among young soloists of his generation. His goal is the constant development of a contemporary context for classical music from the baroque to the present.
Winner of major international competitions, such as the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition St. Petersburg as first oboist, the German Music Competition or the International Oboe Competition of Japan, he has performed as a soloist with the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Orchestra St. Petersburg, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Lower Saxony State Orchestra Hanover, Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt and the Munich Chamber Orchestra, among others. He won the Berlin Prize for Young Artists 2021 curated by VAN magazine for new concert concepts of young soloists with his solo performance INNER VOICES developed together with stage director Neil Barry Moss. In 2023, he has been selected as a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program in New York City.
His debut album BRIDGES with music from five centuries as well as numerous radio productions for BR, SWR or Deutschlandfunk document his artistic work. 2022 will see the release of his second album EBENBILD, which combines music and literature and is based in form and interpretation on early baroque poetry.
In addition to the classical core repertoire for oboe from Vivaldi, Bach or Handel to Mozart, Strauss, Martinů and Zimmermann, he devotes himself with great passion to collaborating with contemporary composers. Juri has played numerous world and national premieres of works by Toshio Hosokawa, Gilles Silvestrini or András Hamary and is enthusiastic about rediscovering valuable forgotten music for his instrument, for example Johann Christoph Pez, Charles Bochsa or Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre.
Born in Mainz, he studied in Nuremberg with Clara Dent-Bogányi and at the renowned Conservatoire de Paris with Jacques Tys, where he graduated with highest honors. In 2021 Juri Vallentin was appointed professor of oboe at the Karlsruhe University of Music.