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Oboist Nicholas Daniel to receive Queen's medal

Nicholas Daniel
Image caption Nicholas Daniel has performed as a soloist with some of the world's most famous orchestras

Oboist and conductor Nicholas Daniel has been named as this year's recipient of the Queen's Medal for Music, Buckingham Palace has announced.

A former winner of the BBC young musician of the year, the 50-year-old will be presented with the accolade by the Queen later this year.

Daniel said was "deeply honoured and truly delighted" to receive the prize.

Previous recipients have included conductor Sir Colin Davis and Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel.

"As a performer, my job is to serve the composers I perform as best I can, so to have my vocation acknowledged in this way is really wonderful," Daniel said.

"As a solo oboist, chamber musician, conductor and teacher I have been extremely privileged to have worked, and to continue to work, with so many great musicians."

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the master of the Queen's music, who chairs the award's nomination committee, said: "I can't think of a more deserving person, given his reputation not only as one of our most highly regarded oboists but also a leading ambassador for the musical life of the nation."

Daniel's professional career began aged 18 when he was named the BBC's young musician of the year.

He went on to become a founding member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet and has performed as a soloist with some of the world's most famous orchestras.

In his career, he has premiered new works for the oboe, including pieces by Harrison Birtwistle, John Tavener and Sir Michael Tippett

The musician regularly conducts the Britten Sinfonia and is oboist to the California-based chamber ensemble Camerata Pacifica.

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