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
292 92
Marcel Tabuteau is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Marcel Tabuteau Classical

2
282 126
Albrecht Mayer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical

3
263 118
Heinz Holliger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical

4
174 71
Richard Woodhams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added

5
147 57
John Mack is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical music

6
223 106
Eugene Izotov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical music

7
124 49
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Doug King added John de Lancie, Oboe

8
84 42
Ralph Gomberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical

9
64 26
John Ferrillo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
WalterDeinzer added Classical

10
70 34
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Doug King added John de Lancie La crème de la crème!

11
65 39
Antonio Pasculli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Antonio Pasculli Classical

12
85 59
Katherine Needleman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical; Indie; New World; Hippie

13
14 1
Marc Lifschey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Kath Robinson added Marc Lifschey

Classical

14
57 38
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Baroque music

15
55 40
Gordon Hunt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added

16
51 37
Ingo Goritzki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Ingo Goritzki Classical; world music; modern; contemporary

17
48 34
Christoph Hartmann is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added Christoph Hartmann

18
50 38
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FranciscoCastillo added Allan Vogel

19
14 2
Harold Gomberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Bill Lewis added

20
68 76
Liang Wang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical

21
12 10
Evelyn Barbirolli is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
gnicholls added

22
25 28
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FranciscoCastillo added David Weiss Hard bop, Jazz

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
12 17
William Criss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added William Criss

26
25 36
Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
New Age music, Third stream, Swing music

27
2 3
Marika Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Marika Lombardi added marika lombardi

28
9 14
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SusanLaneySpector added Hailey

29
15 23
Johann Christian Fischer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Johann Christian Fischer Classical; contemporary; ballet

30
14 22
Roger Cole is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Roger Cole Classical

31
10 17
Jennifer Paull is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical; contemporary; ballet

32
15 25
Lindsay Cooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Experimental music

33
14 24
Rahsaan Roland Kirk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

34
17 29
Mitch Miller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Traditional pop music

35
7 14
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SusanLaneySpector added Lola Kirke, "Hailey"

36
8 18
Allessandro Besozzi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Allessandro Besozzi Classical

37
7 19
William Herschel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time

38
13 29
Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

39
9 23
Andy Mackay is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Glam rock

40
6 19
William Grant Still is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical music

41
6 20
Charles Mackerras is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical

42
4 16
Makanda Ken McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Jazz; blues; swing

43
5 19
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
JonathanMarzluf added

44
9 28
Edo de Waart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical music

45
4 17
Jacques Paisible is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Jacques Paisible Classical

46
4 17
Julie Fowlis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Folk music, Jazz, Celtic music

47
3 15
Juozas Rimas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Juozas Rimas Classical

48
5 21
Roscoe Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time

49
6 24
Charlie Mariano is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
World music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

50
5 22
Bob Cooper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Jazz