German oboist Juri Vallentin has gained international attention as a prize winner of major competitions such as the International Tchaikovsky Competition as first oboist, the German Music Competition, and the International Oboe Competition of Japan. He has performed as soloist with the MDR Symphony Orchestra; the Mariinsky Orchestra, St. Petersburg; the Beethoven Orchestra, Bonn; the Lower Saxony State Orchestra, Hanover; Musikkollegium Winterthur; the Brandenburg State Orchestra, Frankfurt; and the Munich Chamber Orchestra, among others. In 2021 he won the Berlin Prize for Young Artists curated by VAN magazine with his solo performance Inner Voices developed together with stage director Neil Barry Moss. His albums Bridges, with music from five centuries, and Ebenbild, which combines music and literature, as well as numerous radio productions for BR, SWR, and Deutschlandfunk document his artistic work. Together with four other distinguished woodwind players, he founded the wind quintet BREEZE in 2021 as a playing field for new approaches to wind music. Born in Mainz, he studied in Nuremberg and at the renowned Conservatoire de Paris, where he graduated with highest honors. In 2021, Vallentin was appointed professor of oboe at the Karlsruhe University of Music. He joins CMS’s Bowers Program in 2024.