Martin Danek

Martin Daněk
Oboe | English Horn

English horn/2nd oboe of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra

2nd oboe/English horn of the Sinfonieorchester Basel

Principal oboe of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Principal oboe of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra

Philharmonia Zürich Orchestra Academy


What is the best thing about playing the oboe?

There are always beautiful solos for the oboe in every piece. And also, we tune the A, so we don´t have to adjust to anyone and we are always right!

If you could ask any composer one question, who would you pick and what would you ask him/her?

Antonín Dvořák: “So, now, tell me honestly, not taking the gossips seriously, why did you make it so difficult for the second oboe in an orchestra?“

What is your guilty pleasure that you only listen to in secret?

Electronic, Jazz.

If you had a super power, what would it be?

Make an amazing reed for the oboe by just looking at a piece of cane whenever I need it (so always).

What has been your best AMK moment so far?

Our open-air concert in Villa Manin, a very intense and beautiful experience.

Describe AMK in three words.

Amazing musical companionship.