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List Rules The best oboist of all time. Vote up the greatest musicians who play the oboe.

The oboe, a reed instrument in the woodwind family, produces a very unique and mysterious sound. It can be quite bold when played but is also often played in a very subtle manner. It is a staple in any orchestra, but requires years of practice in order for a musician to truly be able to play it well. If not played just right, the instrument, like many woodwinds, will squeak unpleasantly. Who are the greatest oboists of all time?

The musicians on this list are the absolute best oboist in history. There are oboists from different time periods, cultural backgrounds, and genres of music. Whether you’re into jazz, blues, or classical music, there is likely to be an oboe involved. Many oboists even make their own reeds, another skill that takes years to master.
 
This list features the all time greatest oboists, ranked as the best by music lovers and including musicians like Andy Mackay, Dewey Redman, and Julie Fowlis. Vote up the best oboist below and see where the musicians you think are great rank!
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205 65
Marcel Tabuteau is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Marcel Tabuteau Classical

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2
222 91
Albrecht Mayer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Albrecht Mayer Classical

3
207 88
Heinz Holliger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Heinz Holliger Classical

4
136 51
Richard Woodhams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added Richard Woodhams

5
186 91
Eugene Izotov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Eugene Izotov Classical music

6
95 37
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Doug King added John de Lancie, Oboe

7
108 51
John Mack is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
John Mack Classical music

8
44 19
John Ferrillo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
WalterDeinzer added John Ferrillo Classical

9
71 46
Katherine Needleman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Katherine Needleman Classical; Indie; New World; Hippie

10
53 30
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Doug King added John de Lancie La crème de la crème!

11
59 36
Ralph Gomberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Ralph Gomberg Classical

12
56 34
Antonio Pasculli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Antonio Pasculli Classical

13
45 29
Christoph Hartmann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added Christoph Hartmann

14
49 34
Gordon Hunt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added Gordon Hunt

15
46 31
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Georg Philipp Telemann Baroque music

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46 32
Ingo Goritzki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Ingo Goritzki Classical; world music; modern; contemporary

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44 32
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FranciscoCastillo added Allan Vogel

18
52 63
Liang Wang is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Liang Wang Classical

19
22 24
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FranciscoCastillo added David Weiss Hard bop, Jazz

20
7 5
Evelyn Barbirolli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
gnicholls added Evelyn Barbirolli

21
13 16
Paul Dombrecht is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Paul Dombrecht Classical; ballet

22
12 15
Ramiro Nogueiro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
MarcosCrespo added Ramiro Nogueiro

23
1 0
Marc Lifschey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Kath Robinson added Marc Lifschey Classical

24
23 32
Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Yusef Lateef New Age music, Third stream, Swing music

25
14 21
Johann Christian Fischer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Johann Christian Fischer Classical; contemporary; ballet

26
13 20
Rahsaan Roland Kirk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

27
7 12
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SusanLaneySpector added Hailey

28
6 11
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SusanLaneySpector added Lola Kirke, "Hailey"

29
15 25
Mitch Miller is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Mitch Miller Traditional pop music

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8 15
William Criss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added William Criss

31
11 20
Roger Cole is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Roger Cole Classical

32
7 15
Jennifer Paull is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Jennifer Paull Classical; contemporary; ballet

33
12 23
Lindsay Cooper is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Lindsay Cooper Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Experimental music

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7 16
Allessandro Besozzi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Allessandro Besozzi Classical

35
9 20
Andy Mackay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Andy Mackay Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Glam rock

36
12 26
Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Sufjan Stevens Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

37
6 17
Charles Mackerras is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Charles Mackerras Classical

38
6 17
William Herschel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time

39
5 16
William Grant Still is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
William Grant Still Classical music

40
4 15
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
JonathanMarzluf added Jeremy Irons

41
3 13
Juozas Rimas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Juozas Rimas Classical

42
8 25
Edo de Waart is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Edo de Waart Classical music

43
5 19
Roscoe Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time

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3 14
Makanda Ken McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Makanda Ken McIntyre Jazz; blues; swing

45
5 20
Bob Cooper is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Bob Cooper Jazz

46
3 15
Jacques Paisible is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Jacques Paisible Classical

47
3 15
Kjartan Sveinsson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Kjartan Sveinsson Post-rock

48
5 21
Charlie Mariano is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Charlie Mariano World music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

49
5 21
Garvin Bushell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Garvin Bushell Classical music, Jazz

50
4 19
Don Redman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Don Redman Jazz