Ole Kristian Dahl (Trondheim, Norway) is currently professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim. He began playing bassoon at the age of twelve, and at sixteen began studying with Robert Rønnes at the University of Stavanger. He continued his studies at the Conservatoire Superieur de Musique Genève with Professor Roger Birnstingl where he won first prize at the CIEN Riddes Schweiz competition in 1998. In the same year he won his first job as solo bassoon in the Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur, and completed his studies in Geneva. During his time in Malaysia, Ole continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater, und Medien – Hannover with Professor Dag Jensen.
In 2000, Ole won the solo bassoon job in the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen, and in 2002 won the same position in WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. Since 2016 Has Ole been acting solo bassoon in the Gothenburg Symphony, the national orchestra of Sweden. In addition, he has played with the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, NDR Hamburg, DSO Berlin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Oslo Philharmonic,and Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
As a dedicated educator, Professor Dahl has taught at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Folkwang Universität in Essen, and in 2008 won the professorship at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim where he currently teaches as the successor of the renowned Professor Alfred Rinderspacher. Ole is Visiting Bassoon Professor at the Royal College of Music, London, since 2017.