Louise Oakes, born in England in 1983, is a joint graduate of the Royal College of Music and Imperial College, London, where she gained a first-class BSc(Hons) in Physics with Studies in Musical Performance in 2006. At the RCM, she studied tenor trombone with Michael Hext, euphonium with Andrew Fawbert and alto sackbut with Peter Bassano and Susan Addison.She performed with the Royal College symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles as well as in solo recitals, and masterclasses with visiting professors including Christian Lindberg and Eric Crees.

She has since completed a Doctorate in Particle Physics at the University of Oxford, and worked in Geneva (CH), Chicago (USA), Munich and Berlin (DE).  Louise has toured with orchestras, chamber ensembles and big bands to the Philippines, Barbados, across the USA and Europe, including performances at the Utrecht Early Music Festival (Festival Oudemuziek) and the Great American Brass Band Festival. She is a founder member of Berlin International Brass and since 2012 performs with a variety of classical and jazz ensembles in Berlin.