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Famous Male Oboists

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List of famous male oboists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male oboists list contains the most prominent and top males known for being oboists. There are thousand of males working as oboists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic oboists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a oboist then the people below should give you inspiration.

List ranges from Jean-Claude Malgoire to Rahsaan Roland Kirk and more.

While this isn't a list of all male oboists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male oboists?" and "Who are the best male oboists?"
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Oboists
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Georg Philipp Telemann (24 March [O.S. 14 March] 1681 – 25 June 1767) (German pronunciation: [ˈteːləman]) 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 settled on a career in music. He held important positions in Leipzig, Sorau, Eisenach, and Frankfurt before settling in Hamburg in 1721, where he became musical director of that city's five main churches. While Telemann's career prospered, his personal life was always troubled: his first wife died only a few months ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 86 (1681-1767)

Birthplace: Magdeburg, Germany

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Karl Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Oboists
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Sir Karl William Pamp Jenkins (born 17 February 1944) is a Welsh musician and composer. His best known works include the song "Adiemus" and the Adiemus album series; Palladio; The Armed Man; and his Requiem. Jenkins was educated in music at Cardiff University and the Royal Academy of Music, where he is a fellow and an associate. He was a member of the jazz-rock band Soft Machine. Jenkins has composed music for advertisement campaigns and has won the industry prize twice. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 75

Birthplace: Penclawdd, United Kingdom

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Jacques Paisible is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Oboists
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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. He married Moll Davis, singer and mistress of Charles II, in 1682. He made his living playing the bass violin and composing theater music. He developed a reputation as a first-rate performer on the recorder. Most of his surviving compositions use the recorder in various combinations. His music has been characterized as "craftsmanlike and idiomatic, with no virtuoso pretensions." Paisible was a ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 65 (1656-1721)

Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Oboists
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Yusef Abdul Lateef (born William Emanuel Huddleston; October 9, 1920 – December 23, 2013) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, and prominent figure among the Ahmadiyya Community in America. Although Lateef's main instruments were the tenor saxophone and flute, he also played oboe and bassoon, both rare in jazz, and also used a number of non-western instruments such as the bamboo flute, shanai, shofar, xun, arghul and koto. He is known for having been an innovator in the blending of jazz with "Eastern" music. Peter Keepnews, in his New York Times obituary of Lateef, wrote that the musician "played world music before world music had a name".Lateef wrote and published a number ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)

Birthplace: Tennessee, Chattanooga, USA

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