Oboes are staples in orchestras around the world. They've permeated through dozens of genres of music, lending themselves to help create some of the most moving and emotional pieces of music in history. The people on this list are masters of reed instruments and are considered giants in the musical world.
Whether you recognize these musicians or not, they've all carved a place out for themselves in the music world and have become influential and prominent figures in the industry. If you love geeking out on music, we definitely recommend finding some of their music.This list is votable and rerankable, so take a look through and vote up your favorite contemporary oboist in the world. If you don't see someone on here who should be, feel free to add them, but this list is for living musicians only.
Elizabeth Priestly Siffert
Ms. Priestly Siffert has made frequent solo performances throughout her career with orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Houston Ballet Orchestra and Orchestra of Saint Luke's. At the age of 22 Ms. Priestly Siffert made her international solo debut with the Orquesta de Camera de Mineria. She was invited two years later to perform as a soloist for the first time in Europe with Orquestra Classica da Madeira. She was sponsored by F. Lorée, Paris as a headlining soloist at the International Double Reed Society annual conference in New York City performing Foss Concerto for Oboe on the conference’s final performance. She also made several solo performances as part of the Goppisberger Musikfestival performing as a soloist in different cities in Switzerland. Through the years Ms. Priestly Siffert has also success in solo competitions including winning the Eastman Concerto Competition and prize winner in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition. She was second prize winner in the world's most prominent oboe competition, the Fernand Gillet Hugo Fox Competition sponsored by the International Double Reed Society, and has been the highest ranged American in this competition since 2007.
Her performances have brought her all over the world on radio and television with performances on America's top classical radio program Performance Today and a televised solo performance on Portugal's Porto Canal.
She has performed in the most prominent festivals in the United States including Lincoln Center Festival.
Ms. Priestly Siffert is an active orchestral musician as well. Her former positions include second oboe with the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra (2001‐2003), co‐principal oboe with Orquestra Sinfonica de Mineria (2003), and principal oboe with Orquestra Classica da Madeira (2003‐2007). She is currently principal oboist of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Orchestras, a position she has held since 2008 and is a musician with The Grand Teton Music Festival. She has had many additional performances with orchestras throughout the world such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra dos Sonhos and the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra.