Oboist Stephane Rancourt was born in Canada, where he studied with Jacques Simard at the Conservatoire de Musique de Quebec. In Europe, he continued his studies with Thomas Indermuhle, at the Rotterdam Conservatoire and the Karlsruhe State Academy. In Canada, he was the first oboist to win the Sylva Gelber Award, given by the Canada Council for the Arts, and was also the 1991 prize-winner of the Prix d’Europe.
As an orchestral player and soloist, he has performed in most European countries, as well as in South America, Russia, Canada, Japan and Australia. Before taking up his appointment as Principal Oboe with the Halle in 2003, he was Principal Oboe with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for eight years.
His discography includes Alan Rawsthorne’s Oboe Concerto, nominated for a Gramophone Award, Samuel Barber’s Canzonetta for oboe and string orchestra and Capricorn Concerto, selected as a Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’. On the Halle’s own label, he has recorded Vaughan Williams’s Oboe Concerto. Stephane Rancourt also teaches oboe at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Chetham’s School of Music.