In 2018 Armand won 3rd Prize and the Audience Award at the International Oboe Competition in Japan and in 2019 two Special Prizes in the Muri Competition in Switzerland.

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

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

Recent highlights include his debut at Wigmore Hall as a member of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective in a live streamed concert. This season he returns to the UK to take part in the Lammermuir Festival and record with the Collective.

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.

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

In the UK he has worked with the Chineke! Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble taking part in the re-opening of the South Bank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Africa Utopia Festival, and giving recitals at the Cheltenham Music and Ryedale Festivals.

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.

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Press reviews

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 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 Herald / Chipping Camden Music Festival - Chineke / May 2022


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