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!
1 297 94 Marcel Tabuteau Classical
2 288 127 Albrecht Mayer Classical
3 264 119 Heinz Holliger Classical
4 176 72 FranciscoCastillo added Richard Woodhams
5 149 57 John Mack Classical music
6 225 107 Eugene Izotov Classical music
7 126 50 Doug King added John de Lancie, Oboe
8 66 26 WalterDeinzer added John Ferrillo Classical
9 84 42 Ralph Gomberg Classical
10 71 34 Doug King added John de Lancie La crème de la crème!
11 15 1 Kath Robinson added Marc Lifschey