Armand Djikoloum Oboist

Born in France, Armand studied at Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon and with Philippe Tondre at the Hochschule für Musik Saar.

In 2021 he was a prize-winner at the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) International Auditions.  

Nominated as a 2022 Rising Star Artist by Classic FM, this season Armand returns to the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St. Georges Bristol as soloist, performing the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto with Chineke.  

Solo and chamber music highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, the Lammermuir Festival and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. 

Over the last year Armand has recorded with Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective for Chandos, and given concerts with them at Wigmore Hall and the Dublin International Festival, including performances of Britten’s Phantasy Oboe Quartet.  

He joined the Chineke Chamber Ensemble at the Adelaide Festival in Australia, the Edinburgh International Festival, Cartier Foundation in Paris and Chipping Camden Festival. 


At the age of 22 Armand was appointed principal oboist at the Hannover Staatsoper. He regularly appears as guest principal with leading orchestras including Southwest German Radio Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Stavanger Symphony, Frankfurt Opera and Oslo Opera Houses.

He has given masterclasses at the Royal Welsh College, and Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London), and worked with students from the Benedetti Foundation.

A top prize winner, in 2018 Armand won 3rd Prize and the Audience Award at the International Oboe Competition in Japan performing the Strauss Concerto with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and giving recitals at Kioi Concert Hall.  A year later he won two Special Prizes in the Muri Competition in Switzerland leading to a tour of Asia.

Armand is a scholarship holder of the Villa Musica Foundation in Germany.  He has participated in masterclasses with Maurice Bourgue, Alexei Ogrintchouk (Music Academy of Villecroze), Diethelm Jonas and Jean-Louis Capezzali.

There were delectable solos from Mariam Adam (clarinet) and Armand Djikoloum (oboe).
The Times / Queen Elizabeth Hall - Chineke! / November 2019
This was followed by a performance of the Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) with the hugely talented Armand Djikoloum [...]. The concerto is renowned for its lyricism and virtuoso showmanship. In the suave and technically superb grip of Mr Djikoloum and the orchestra the work was given a trenchant outing of which the composer would have been proud.
Stratford-upon-Avon Herald / Chipping Campden Music Festiva-St James’ Church – Chineke! / 12th May 2022

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