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!
1 283 87 Marcel Tabuteau Classical
2 277 121 Albrecht Mayer Classical
3 255 116 Heinz Holliger Classical
4 170 71 FranciscoCastillo added Richard Woodhams
5 144 56 John Mack Classical music
6 219 105 Eugene Izotov Classical music
7 121 49 Doug King added John de Lancie, Oboe
8 81 41 Ralph Gomberg Classical
9 61 25 WalterDeinzer added John Ferrillo Classical
10 68 34 Doug King added John de Lancie La crème de la crème!
11 65 38 Antonio Pasculli Classical
12 85 57 Katherine Needleman Classical; Indie; New World; Hippie
13 55 37 Georg Philipp Telemann Baroque music
14 51 36 Ingo Goritzki Classical; world music; modern; contemporary
15 53 39 FranciscoCastillo added Gordon Hunt
16 47 33 FranciscoCastillo added Christoph Hartmann
17 12 1 Bill Lewis added Harold Gomberg
18 12 1 Kath Robinson added Marc Lifschey