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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276 87
Marcel Tabuteau is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Marcel Tabuteau Classical

2
272 119
Albrecht Mayer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical

3
250 114
Heinz Holliger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical

4
167 71
Richard Woodhams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added

5
142 56
John Mack is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical music

6
216 105
Eugene Izotov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical music

7
119 49
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Doug King added John de Lancie, Oboe

8
79 41
Ralph Gomberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical

9
58 25
John Ferrillo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
WalterDeinzer added Classical

10
67 34
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Doug King added John de Lancie La crème de la crème!

11
64 38
Antonio Pasculli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Antonio Pasculli Classical

12
84 57
Katherine Needleman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical; Indie; New World; Hippie

13
54 37
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Baroque music

14
50 36
Ingo Goritzki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Ingo Goritzki Classical; world music; modern; contemporary

15
52 39
Gordon Hunt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added

16
46 33
Christoph Hartmann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added Christoph Hartmann

17
47 37
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FranciscoCastillo added Allan Vogel

18
11 1
Marc Lifschey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Kath Robinson added Marc Lifschey Classical

19
11 1
Harold Gomberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Bill Lewis added

20
66 73
Liang Wang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical

21
11 9
Evelyn Barbirolli is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
gnicholls added

22
24 27
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FranciscoCastillo added David Weiss Hard bop, Jazz

23
13 17
Paul Dombrecht is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical; ballet

24
12 16
Ramiro Nogueiro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
MarcosCrespo added Ramiro Nogueiro

25
24 35
Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
New Age music, Third stream, Swing music

26
1 2
Marika Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Marika Lombardi added marika lombardi

27
8 13
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SusanLaneySpector added Hailey

28
10 16
William Criss is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
FranciscoCastillo added William Criss

29
14 22
Johann Christian Fischer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Johann Christian Fischer Classical; contemporary; ballet

30
9 16
Jennifer Paull is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical; contemporary; ballet

31
14 24
Lindsay Cooper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Avant-progressive rock, Experimental rock, Experimental music

32
12 21
Roger Cole is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Roger Cole Classical

33
13 23
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
16 28
Mitch Miller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Traditional pop music

35
6 13
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SusanLaneySpector added Lola Kirke, "Hailey"

36
7 17
Allessandro Besozzi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Allessandro Besozzi Classical

37
7 18
William Herschel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time

38
13 28
Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

39
9 22
Andy Mackay is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Glam rock

40
4 15
Makanda Ken McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Jazz; blues; swing

41
6 19
Charles Mackerras is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical

42
5 18
William Grant Still is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical music

43
9 27
Edo de Waart is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical music

44
3 14
Juozas Rimas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Juozas Rimas Classical

45
4 17
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
JonathanMarzluf added

46
5 20
Roscoe Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time

47
5 21
Bob Cooper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Jazz

48
2 12
Joseph Gungl is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical; Baroque

49
5 22
Garvin Bushell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz

50
3 16
Jacques Paisible is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Oboists of All Time
Jacques Paisible Classical