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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1
306 96
Marcel Tabuteau is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Marcel Tabuteau Classical

2
293 130
Albrecht Mayer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical

3
268 122
Heinz Holliger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical

4
179 73
Richard Woodhams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added

5
150 57
John Mack is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical music

6
228 107
Eugene Izotov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical music

7
128 50
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Doug King added John de Lancie, Oboe

8
69 26
John Ferrillo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
WalterDeinzer added Classical

9
88 42
Ralph Gomberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical

10
73 34
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Doug King added John de Lancie La crème de la crème!

11
16 1
Marc Lifschey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Kath Robinson added Marc Lifschey

Classical

12
66 39
Antonio Pasculli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Antonio Pasculli Classical

13
87 60
Katherine Needleman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical; Indie; New World; Hippie

14
59 40
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Baroque music

15
56 40
Gordon Hunt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added

16
50 34
Christoph Hartmann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added Christoph Hartmann

17
51 37
Ingo Goritzki is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Ingo Goritzki Classical; world music; modern; contemporary

18
16 2
Harold Gomberg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Bill Lewis added

19
50 38
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FranciscoCastillo added Allan Vogel

20
71 78
Liang Wang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical

21
25 28
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FranciscoCastillo added David Weiss Hard bop, Jazz

22
12 11
Evelyn Barbirolli is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
gnicholls added

23
14 18
Paul Dombrecht is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical; ballet

24
13 17
Ramiro Nogueiro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
MarcosCrespo added Ramiro Nogueiro

25
25 36
Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
New Age music, Third stream, Swing music