bands/musicians The Greatest Oboists of All Time  

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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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Marcel Tabuteau is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Marcel Tabuteau Classical

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

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

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Eugene Izotov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Eugene Izotov Classical music

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Richard Woodhams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added Richard Woodhams

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John Mack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
John Mack Classical music

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Doug King added John de Lancie, Oboe

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Ralph Gomberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Ralph Gomberg Classical

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John Ferrillo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
WalterDeinzer added John Ferrillo Classical

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Doug King added John de Lancie La crème de la crème!

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Katherine Needleman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Katherine Needleman Classical; Indie; New World; Hippie

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

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Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Georg Philipp Telemann Baroque music

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

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Ingo Goritzki is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Ingo Goritzki Classical; world music; modern; contemporary

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Christoph Hartmann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added Christoph Hartmann

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FranciscoCastillo added Allan Vogel

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Harold Gomberg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Bill Lewis added Harold Gomberg

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Marc Lifschey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Kath Robinson added Marc Lifschey Classical

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Liang Wang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Liang Wang Classical

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FranciscoCastillo added David Weiss Hard bop, Jazz

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Evelyn Barbirolli is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
gnicholls added Evelyn Barbirolli

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Paul Dombrecht is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Paul Dombrecht Classical; ballet

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Ramiro Nogueiro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
MarcosCrespo added Ramiro Nogueiro

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Marika Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Marika Lombardi added marika lombardi

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Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Yusef Lateef New Age music, Third stream, Swing music

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William Criss is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added William Criss

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Johann Christian Fischer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Johann Christian Fischer Classical; contemporary; ballet

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Jennifer Paull is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Jennifer Paull Classical; contemporary; ballet

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Lindsay Cooper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Lindsay Cooper Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Experimental music

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Roger Cole is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Roger Cole Classical

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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Mitch Miller is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Mitch Miller Traditional pop music

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Allessandro Besozzi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Allessandro Besozzi Classical

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William Herschel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time

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Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Sufjan Stevens Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

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Andy Mackay is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Andy Mackay Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Glam rock

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Makanda Ken McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Makanda Ken McIntyre Jazz; blues; swing

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Charles Mackerras is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Charles Mackerras Classical

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William Grant Still is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
William Grant Still Classical music

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Edo de Waart is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Edo de Waart Classical music

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Juozas Rimas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Juozas Rimas Classical

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Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
JonathanMarzluf added Jeremy Irons

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Roscoe Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time

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Bob Cooper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Bob Cooper Jazz

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Joseph Gungl is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Joseph Gungl Classical; Baroque

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

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Julie Fowlis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Julie Fowlis Folk music, Jazz, Celtic music