music The Greatest Oboists of All Time  

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List Rules The best oboist of all time. Vote up the greatest musicians who play the oboe.

The oboe, a reed instrument in the woodwind family, produces a very unique and mysterious sound. It can be quite bold when played but is also often played in a very subtle manner. It is a staple in any orchestra, but requires years of practice in order for a musician to truly be able to play it well. If not played just right, the instrument, like many woodwinds, will squeak unpleasantly. Who are the greatest oboists of all time?

The musicians on this list are the absolute best oboist in history. There are oboists from different time periods, cultural backgrounds, and genres of music. Whether you’re into jazz, blues, or classical music, there is likely to be an oboe involved. Many oboists even make their own reeds, another skill that takes years to master.
 
This list features the all time greatest oboists, ranked as the best by music lovers and including musicians like Andy Mackay, Dewey Redman, and Julie Fowlis. Vote up the best oboist below and see where the musicians you think are great rank!
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Marcel Tabuteau is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Marcel Tabuteau Classical

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+ - 216 91
Albrecht Mayer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Albrecht Mayer Classical

3
+ - 202 88
Heinz Holliger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Heinz Holliger Classical

4
+ - 135 50
Richard Woodhams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time

5
+ - 185 91
Eugene Izotov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Eugene Izotov Classical music

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+ - 95 35
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John de Lancie, Oboe

7
+ - 107 51
John Mack is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
John Mack Classical music

8
+ - 43 17
John Ferrillo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
John Ferrillo Classical

9
+ - 53 28
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John de Lancie La crème de la crème!

10
+ - 59 36
Ralph Gomberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Ralph Gomberg Classical

11
+ - 69 46
Katherine Needleman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Katherine Needleman Classical; Indie; New World; Hippie

12
+ - 55 34
Antonio Pasculli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Antonio Pasculli Classical

13
+ - 49 33
Gordon Hunt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time

14
+ - 46 31
Ingo Goritzki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Ingo Goritzki Classical; world music; modern; contemporary

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+ - 46 31
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Georg Philipp Telemann Baroque music

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Christoph Hartmann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time

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+ - 43 31
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+ - 22 23
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David Weiss Hard bop, Jazz

19
+ - 51 62
Liang Wang is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Liang Wang Classical

20
+ - 6 4
Evelyn Barbirolli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time

21
+ - 13 16
Paul Dombrecht is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Paul Dombrecht Classical; ballet

22
+ - 12 15
Ramiro Nogueiro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Ramiro Nogueiro

23
+ - 22 31
Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Yusef Lateef New Age music, Third stream, Swing music

24
+ - 14 21
Johann Christian Fischer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Johann Christian Fischer Classical; contemporary; ballet

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+ - 7 11
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Hailey

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+ - 6 10
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Lola Kirke, "Hailey"

27
+ - 15 24
Mitch Miller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Mitch Miller Traditional pop music

28
+ - 12 20
Rahsaan Roland Kirk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

29
+ - 11 20
Roger Cole is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Roger Cole Classical

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30
+ - 7 15
Jennifer Paull is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Jennifer Paull Classical; contemporary; ballet

31
+ - 7 16
Allessandro Besozzi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Allessandro Besozzi Classical

32
+ - 11 23
Lindsay Cooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Lindsay Cooper Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Experimental music

33
+ - 12 26
Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Sufjan Stevens Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

34
+ - 5 15
William Criss is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
William Criss

35
+ - 8 20
Andy Mackay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Andy Mackay Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Glam rock

36
+ - 6 17
William Herschel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time

37
+ - 6 17
Charles Mackerras is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Charles Mackerras Classical

38
+ - 5 16
William Grant Still is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
William Grant Still Classical music

39
+ - 4 15
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time

40
+ - 3 13
Juozas Rimas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Juozas Rimas Classical

41
+ - 8 25
Edo de Waart is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Edo de Waart Classical music

42
+ - 5 19
Roscoe Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time

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+ - 3 14
Makanda Ken McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Makanda Ken McIntyre Jazz; blues; swing

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+ - 3 15
Kjartan Sveinsson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Kjartan Sveinsson Post-rock

45
+ - 3 15
Jacques Paisible is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Jacques Paisible Classical

46
+ - 5 21
Charlie Mariano is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Charlie Mariano World music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

47
+ - 5 21
Garvin Bushell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Garvin Bushell Classical music, Jazz

48
+ - 4 19
Sonny Simmons is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time

49
+ - 4 19
Bob Cooper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Bob Cooper Jazz

50
+ - 4 19
Don Redman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Don Redman Jazz