List of Famous Oboists People

List of Famous Oboists

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List of famous oboists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top oboists in the world? This includes the most prominent oboists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable oboists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic oboists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned oboists.

List is made up of many different people, including Sufjan Stevens and Sonny Simmons.

From reputable, prominent, and well known oboists to the lesser known oboists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the oboist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous oboists ever?" and "What are the names of famous oboists?" then you're in the right place. (123 items)


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    Georg Philipp Telemann
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    Georg Philipp Telemann was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family's wishes. After studying in Magdeburg, Zellerfeld, and Hildesheim, Telemann entered the University of Leipzig to study law, but eventually ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1681-1767)
    • Birthplace: Magdeburg, Germany
    • Profession: Oboist, Composer
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    Rahsaan Roland Kirk was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who played tenor saxophone, flute and many other instruments. He was renowned for his onstage vitality, during which virtuoso improvisation was accompanied by comic banter, political ranting, and the ability to play several instruments ...more

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    • Age: Died at 42 (1935-1977)
    • Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Bandleader, Flautist, Oboist, Composer, + more
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    Andy Mackay
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    Andrew "Andy" Mackay is an English multi-instrumentalist, best known as a founding member of the art rock group Roxy Music. In addition, he has taught music and provided scores for television, while his CV as a session musician encompasses some of the most noteworthy and recognisable names in the music ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Lostwithiel, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Author, Oboist, + more
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    Karl William Pamp Jenkins, CBE is a Welsh musician and composer known for "Adiemus", The Armed Man and his Requiem.more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Penclawdd, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Oboist, Composer
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    Jacques Paisible

    Jacques Paisible, also known as James Peasable or James Paisible, was a French baroque composer and recorder virtuoso who lived and worked in London for about forty years. Paisible arrived in London from France in September 1673, one of the four oboists among the musicians accompanying Robert Cambert.more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1656-1721)
    • Profession: Oboist
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    Yusef Abdul Lateef was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community after his conversion to the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam in 1950. Although Lateef's main instruments were the tenor saxophone and flute, he also played oboe and bassoon, both rare in jazz, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1920-2013)
    • Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Flautist, Author, Oboist, Composer, + more
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    William Herschel
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    Sir Frederick William Herschel, KH, FRS was a German-born British astronomer, composer, and brother of Caroline Herschel. Born in the Electorate of Hanover, Herschel followed his father into the Military Band of Hanover, before migrating to Great Britain at the age of nineteen. Herschel became ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1738-1822)
    • Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
    • Profession: Scientist, Oboist, Astronomer
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    Sufjan Stevens is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He first came to wider recognition with the 2000 album A Sun Came, which was released on the Asthmatic Kitty label he co-founded with his stepfather. He is perhaps best known for his 2005 album Illinois, which hit number one on ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Oboist, Composer, + more
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    Edo de Waart is a Dutch conductor, He is the music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and an Artistic Partner with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. De Waart studied oboe, piano and conducting at the Sweelinck Conservatory, graduating in 1962.more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Profession: Conductor, Oboist, Music Director, Teacher
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    Charles Mackerras
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    Sir Alan Charles Maclaurin Mackerras, AC, CH, CBE was an Australian conductor. He was an authority on the operas of Janáček and Mozart, and the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. He was long associated with the English National Opera and Welsh National Opera and was the first Australian chief ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1925-2010)
    • Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Musician, Oboist
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    Mitch Miller
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    Mitchell William "Mitch" Miller was an American oboist, conductor, recording producer and recording industry executive. He was involved in almost all aspects of the industry, particularly as a conductor, and A&R man. Miller was one of the most influential people in American popular music during the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 99 (1911-2010)
    • Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Record producer, Musician, Oboist, Singer
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    Nicholas Daniel

    Nicholas Daniel is a British oboist and conductor. In 2003 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Leicester International Music Festival.more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Profession: Oboist
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    William Grant Still
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    William Grant Still was an African-American classical composer who wrote more than 150 compositions. He was the first African-American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, the first to have a symphony performed by a leading orchestra, the first to have an opera performed by a major opera ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1895-1978)
    • Birthplace: Woodville, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Musician, Oboist, Composer
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    Oboist and Painter. He has performed in a number of orchestras listed below. He has been painting since age five and playing music since age 7. He has written a book The Audition Process: Anxiety Management and Coping Strategies and released a CD of his music called Oboe Colors. He owns two businesses: ...more

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    • Profession: Oboist
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    Kjartan Sveinsson
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    Kjartan "Kjarri" Sveinsson is former keyboardist for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. He joined the band in 1998. A multi-instrumentalist, he has also played such instruments as the flute, tin whistle, oboe and even the banjo, as well as many of the unorthodox instruments that contribute to Sigur ...more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Iceland
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Actor, Oboist, Composer, Multi-instrumentalist
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    Jennifer Irène Paull is a musician, publisher, lecturer, and author. Jennifer Paull was born in Liverpool, England, 24 November 1944, as Jennifer Irène Schulcz. Her father changed the family name when she was 5. He was born in the Hungarian speaking regions of the Austro–Hungarian Empire. Her mother was ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Profession: Publisher, Musician, Lecturer, Author, Oboist
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    Carmine Ugo Mariano was an American jazz alto saxophonist.more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1923-2009)
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Saxophonist, Musician, Composer
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    Mick Karn
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    Andonis Michaelides, better known as Mick Karn, was a British multi-instrumentalist musician and songwriter, who rose to fame as the bassist for the art rock/new wave band Japan, from 1974 to 1982. He died of cancer in January 2011.more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1958-2011)
    • Birthplace: Nicosia, Sicily, Italy
    • Profession: Bassist, Oboist
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    Lindsay Cooper
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    Lindsay Cooper was an English bassoon and oboe player, composer and political activist. Best known for her work with the band Henry Cow, she was also a member of Comus, National Health, News from Babel and David Thomas and the Pedestrians. She collaborated with a number of musicians, including Chris ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1951-2013)
    • Birthplace: Hornsey, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Oboist, Composer
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    Walter Dewey Redman was an American jazz saxophonist, known for performing free jazz as a bandleader, and with Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett. Redman played mainly tenor saxophone, though he occasionally doubled on alto saxophone, played the Chinese suona and on rare occasions played the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1931-2006)
    • Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Saxophonist, Musician, Composer
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