Ralph van Daal (born 1984) began playing the oboe at the age of nine. At 17, he began his studies at Conservatorium Maastricht with Peter Steyvers (Oboe) and Mya Besselink (Vocal Studies), graduating with Honours in 2006. He then started three years of study with Francois Leleux at the University for Music and Theatre in Munich, earning a Soloist Diploma in 2009. Following graduation, Ralph van Daal held temporary contracts with the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne and the Duisburg Philharmonic. In 2011, he won the position of Solo English Horn with the Hamburg Philharmonic and was awarded the Eduard Söring-Preis; a prize awarded by the orchestra’s director, Simone Young, to support the artistic development of young musicians.
Ralph van Daal is regularly engaged as a substitute (Solo Oboe and Solo English Horn) with the Swedish Radio Symphony in Stockholm, the City of Birmingham Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich , the State Opera of Hannover, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Bavarian State Opera Munich, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Hamburg and the Hilversum Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has played under the direction of conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Semyon Bychkov, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Andris Nelsons, Daniel Harding, Daniele Gatti, Kent Nagano and Ivan Fischer. Van Daal frequently gives masterclasses in Germany, Portugal, Spain, Colombia and the Netherlands. He is also a member of various wind ensembles of the Hamburg Philharmonic. Ralph van Daal is a lecturer at Conservatorium Maastricht and a guest lecturer at the Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam.