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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
Classical
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Heinz Holliger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical
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John Mack is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical music
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Eugene Izotov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical music
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Richard Woodhams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added
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Doug King added John de Lancie, Oboe
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John Ferrillo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
WalterDeinzer added Classical
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Ralph Gomberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical
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Doug King added John de Lancie
La crème de la crème!
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Marc Lifschey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Kath Robinson added Marc Lifschey

Classical

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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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Katherine Needleman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Katherine Needleman Classical; Indie; New World; Hippie
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Harold Gomberg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Bill Lewis added
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Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Baroque music
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Gordon Hunt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added
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FranciscoCastillo added Allan Vogel
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Robert Bloom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Mrs Robert Bloom added Robert Bloom Philadelphia Orchestra, NBC Symphony, Bach Aria Group
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Christoph Hartmann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added Christoph Hartmann
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Ingo Goritzki is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Ingo Goritzki Classical; world music; modern; contemporary
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FranciscoCastillo added David Weiss Hard bop, Jazz
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Liang Wang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical
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Evelyn Barbirolli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
gnicholls added
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Paul Dombrecht is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical; ballet
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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