Classical The Best Oboists in the World  

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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.
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Albrecht Mayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Albrecht Mayer Classical

2
110 47
Eugene Izotov is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Eugene Izotov Classical music

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82 39
Elaine Douvas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Elaine Douvas Classical

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100 60
Heinz Holliger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Heinz Holliger Classical

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55 26
Richard Woodhams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Richard Woodhams Classical; contemporary; modern

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47 22
Nicholas Daniel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Nicholas Daniel Classical; Baroque

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43 19
Jonathan Kelly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Jonathan Kelly Folk rock

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45 23
Maurice Bourgue is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Maurice Bourgue Classical

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69 44
Alex Klein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Alex Klein Classical

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23 14
Elizabeth Koch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Elizabeth Koch Classical; new world; contemporary

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27 19
Katherine Needleman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oboists in the World

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52 44
Liang Wang is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Liang Wang Classical; contemporary

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27 20
Ariana Ghez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Ariana Ghez Classical

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26 20
Hansjörg Schellenberger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Hansjörg Schellenberger Classical; Baroque

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10 5
Lajos Lencsés is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
LeventeFehér added Lajos Lencsés Lajos Lencses was born in the small town of Dorog, Hungary. His first advanced studies were at the Budapest Academy of Music. Later on he studied at the Paris Conservatory of Music. Lencsesgained his first important ...

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15 11
Ingo Goritzki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Ingo Goritzki Classical

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10 8
Douglas Boyd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Douglas Boyd Classical

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8 7
Stephen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
oboeplayer123 added Stephen Robinson

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1 0
oliver stankiewicz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Martin Seguros added oliver stankiewicz

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7 7
Paul Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Paul Goodwin Classical; contemporary

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15 17
Kate St. John is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Kate St. John Classical; contemporary; modern; new world

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12 14
Jennifer Paull is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Jennifer Paull Classical; new world; contemporary

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8 10
Paul Dombrecht is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Paul Dombrecht Classical

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12 16
Karl Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Karl Jenkins Rock music, Classical music, Jazz

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6 9
Roger Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Roger Cole Classical; contemporary; modern

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16 21
Andy Mackay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Andy Mackay Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Glam rock

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5 8
Yeon-hee Kwak is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
True Believer added Yeon-hee Kwak

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14 19
Sonny Simmons is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oboists in the World

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3 6
Theodore Baskin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Theodore Baskin Classical; contemporary; modern

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3 6
Ben Meiklejohn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Ben Meiklejohn Classical

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3 6
Jay Light is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Jay Light Classical

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3 6
Joseph Celli is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Joseph Celli Classical

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7 11
Edo de Waart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Edo de Waart Classical music

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7 11
Jean-Claude Malgoire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oboists in the World

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2 5
Edwin Roxburgh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Edwin Roxburgh Classical

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11 16
Julie Fowlis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Julie Fowlis Folk music, Jazz, Celtic music

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6 10
Paolo di cioccio is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Paolo Di Cioccio Classical

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10 15
Kjartan Sveinsson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Kjartan Sveinsson Post-rock

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5 9
Malcolm Messiter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Malcolm Messiter Classical; baroque

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11 17
Vinny Golia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Vinny Golia Classical; contemporary; modern

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2 6
Juozas Rimas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Juozas Rimas Classical

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10 16
Roscoe Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oboists in the World

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2 7
Paul McCandless is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Paul McCandless Classical

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6 13
Joseph Jarman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oboists in the World