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

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

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Richard Woodhams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Classical; contemporary; modern

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Heinz Holliger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Classical

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Jonathan Kelly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Folk rock

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Nicholas Daniel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Nicholas Daniel Classical; Baroque

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

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

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

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

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Elizabeth Priestly Siffert is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
soundofsilence added Elizabeth Priestly Siffert Oboe -

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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.  

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Liang Wang is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Classical; contemporary

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Ariana Ghez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Classical

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

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Hansjörg Schellenberger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Hansjörg Schellenberger Classical; Baroque

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Lajos Lencsés is listed (or ranked) 17 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 breakthrough when he captured first prize at the Geneva International Competition in 1968. He then launched his international career and was soon recognized as among the finest oboists in Europe.

He became a member of the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra and has served as the ensemble's principal oboist. By the 1980s Lencses was an active recording artist and in 1990 received the Diapason d'Or, the most prestigious French award given to a recording artist. Throughout the 1990s and especially in the new century, Lencses remained busy in the recording studio, often focusing on the byways of the repertory (Franz Xaver Richter's F major Oboe Concerto, for example, on CPO from 1994) but also devoting attention to more mainstream offerings, like the 2003 Carus CD of the Mozart Concerto for Oboe in C major, K. 314. Among his later recordings is a 2007 Hänssler Classics release that is typical of his fearless nature to champion the unusual but worthy: the disc features oboe works by the little-known nineteenth century female composer Clémence de Grandval.

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Douglas Boyd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Classical

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

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

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

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Yeon-hee Kwak is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
True Believer added Yeon-hee Kwak

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Paul Dombrecht is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
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Jay Light is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Jay Light Classical

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Stephen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
oboeplayer123 added Stephen Robinson

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Karl Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Rock music, Classical music, Jazz

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Andy Mackay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Glam rock

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Jean-Claude Malgoire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oboists in the World

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Sonny Simmons is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oboists in the World

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Roger Cole is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Roger Cole Classical; contemporary; modern

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Julie Fowlis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Folk music, Jazz, Celtic music

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Paolo di cioccio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Paolo Di Cioccio Classical

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Roscoe Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oboists in the World

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Kjartan Sveinsson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Post-rock

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Joseph Celli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Joseph Celli Classical

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Ben Meiklejohn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Classical

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Theodore Baskin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Theodore Baskin Classical; contemporary; modern

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Paul McCandless is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Paul McCandless Classical

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Malcolm Messiter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Malcolm Messiter Classical; baroque

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Vinny Golia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Classical; contemporary; modern

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Edo de Waart is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Classical music

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Juozas Rimas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Juozas Rimas Classical

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Edwin Roxburgh is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oboists in the World
Classical

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Joseph Jarman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Oboists in the World