Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
O Duo
Percussion Duo
BBT Special Commissioning Award 2008

O Duo - Biography

O Duo was supported by Borletti-Buiitoni Trust between 2008 and 2013, when this page was last updated. For an up to date biography please visit

Oliver Cox
Owen Gunnell

Described by The Daily Telegraph as ‘brimming with style and panache’. O Duo has made its BBC Proms debut, won a Special Commissioning Award from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and been appointed Artistic Directors of the Children’s Classic Concerts series in Scotland. In 2010 O Duo gave the premiere of Stephen McNeff’s ConcertO Duo with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican as part of their 80th birthday concert. They returned to the Proms to give the premiere of Wilful Chants by Stephen Montague, appeared at the Last Night of the Proms in Hyde Park, and gave recitals at Wigmore Hall, Cheltenham and City of London Festivals. Their highly acclaimed series of Children’s Classics Concerts includes performances at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow and Queen’s Hall Edinburgh with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra of Scottish Opera and special guests. 2013 has included performances of the world premiere of Fraser Trainer’s Percussion Concerto firstly with Sinfonia ViVA and then with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 O Duo will release a new CD. Formed in 2000 at the Royal College of Music, O Duo released their first commercial CD on the Sony BMG label in 2007 to critical acclaim. They have given concerts throughout Europe and further afield and performed concertos with the BBC Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras. Outstanding communicators, O Duo have worked at Abbey Road and Sony studios on television and film scores and broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and 3, Classic FM, Channel 4 and BBC Television. The Duo was chosen for representation by YCAT from 2005 to 2011.

The money we’ve been awarded by the Trust has created a fantastic array of opportunities for us, enabling us to commission a variety of works and actually offer these composers a fee rather than asking for favours all the time! A concerto, in particular, is the most exciting of these, given the lack of such repertoire for percussion duo, and it is great to know that we will be expanding this repertoire, not just for us, but for future performers as well.

Photographs by Gillian McBain