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List of famous oboists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top oboists in the world? This includes the most prominent oboists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable oboists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic oboists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned oboists.

List is made up of many different oboe players and performers, including Sufjan Stevens and Sonny Simmons.

From reputable, prominent, and well known oboists to the lesser known oboe musicians of today, these are some of the best professionals in the oboist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous oboists ever?" and "What are the names of famous oboists?" then you're in the right place. 

Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Georg Philipp Telemann was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family's wishes. After studying in ...more

Rahsaan Roland Kirk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Rahsaan Roland Kirk was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who played tenor saxophone, flute and many other instruments. He was renowned for his onstage vitality, during which virtuoso ...more

Andy Mackay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Andrew "Andy" Mackay is an English multi-instrumentalist, best known as a founding member of the art rock group Roxy Music. In addition, he has taught music and provided scores for ...more

Karl Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Karl William Pamp Jenkins, CBE is a Welsh musician and composer known for "Adiemus", The Armed Man and his Requiem.

Jacques Paisible is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Jacques Paisible Jacques Paisible, also known as James Peasable or James Paisible, was a French baroque composer and recorder virtuoso who lived and worked in London for about forty years. Paisible arrived in ...more

Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Yusef Abdul Lateef was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community after his conversion to the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam in 1950. Although ...more

William Herschel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Sir Frederick William Herschel, KH, FRS was a German-born British astronomer, composer, and brother of Caroline Herschel. Born in the Electorate of Hanover, Herschel followed his father into the ...more

Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Sufjan Stevens is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He first came to wider recognition with the 2000 album A Sun Came, which was released on the Asthmatic Kitty label he ...more

Edo de Waart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Edo de Waart is a Dutch conductor, He is the music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and an Artistic Partner with the St. Paul ...more

Charles Mackerras is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Sir Alan Charles Maclaurin Mackerras, AC, CH, CBE was an Australian conductor. He was an authority on the operas of Janáček and Mozart, and the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. He ...more

Mitch Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Mitchell William "Mitch" Miller was an American oboist, conductor, recording producer and recording industry executive. He was involved in almost all aspects of the industry, ...more

Nicholas Daniel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Nicholas Daniel Nicholas Daniel is a British oboist and conductor. In 2003 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Leicester International Music Festival.

William Grant Still is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Oboists
William Grant Still was an African-American classical composer who wrote more than 150 compositions. He was the first African-American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, the first ...more

Stuart Dunkel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Oboist and Painter. He has performed in a number of orchestras listed below. He has been painting since age five and playing music since age 7. He has written a book The Audition Process: ...more

Kjartan Sveinsson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Kjartan "Kjarri" Sveinsson is former keyboardist for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. He joined the band in 1998. A multi-instrumentalist, he has also played such ...more

Jennifer Paull is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Jennifer Irène Paull is a musician, publisher, lecturer, and author. Jennifer Paull was born in Liverpool, England, 24 November 1944, as Jennifer Irène Schulcz. Her father changed ...more

Charlie Mariano is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Carmine Ugo Mariano was an American jazz alto saxophonist.

Mick Karn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Andonis Michaelides, better known as Mick Karn, was a British multi-instrumentalist musician and songwriter, who rose to fame as the bassist for the art rock/new wave band Japan, from 1974 to ...more

Lindsay Cooper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Lindsay Cooper was an English bassoon and oboe player, composer and political activist. Best known for her work with the band Henry Cow, she was also a member of Comus, National Health, News ...more

Dewey Redman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Walter Dewey Redman was an American jazz saxophonist, known for performing free jazz as a bandleader, and with Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett. Redman played mainly tenor saxophone, though he ...more

Heinz Holliger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Heinz Holliger is a Swiss oboist, composer and conductor.

Derek Bell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Oboists
George Derek Fleetwood Bell, MBE was an Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist and composer who was best known for his accompaniment work on various instruments with The Chieftains.

Douglas Boyd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Douglas Boyd is a British oboist and conductor. He studied oboe at the Royal Academy of Music, London, as a pupil of Janet Craxton. He later was a student with Maurice Bourgue in Paris. In 1984 ...more

Don Redman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Donald Matthew Redman was an American jazz musician, arranger, bandleader and composer. Redman was announced as a member of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame on May 6, 2009.

Giovanni Benedetto Platti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Giovanni Benedetto Platti was an Italian oboist and composer.

Carlo Romano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Carlo Romano was an Italian film actor, screenwriter and voice actor. He appeared in 94 films between 1934 and 1975. He also wrote for 14 films between 1955 and 1975. He was also a famous voice ...more

Julie Fowlis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Julie Fowlis is a Scottish folk singer and multi-instrumentalist who sings primarily in Scottish Gaelic.

Harry Freedman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Harry Freedman, OC was a Canadian composer, english hornist, and music educator of Polish birth. He wrote a significant amount of symphonic works, including several film scores, and also ...more

Makanda Ken McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Makanda Ken McIntyre was an American jazz musician and composer.

Ariana Ghez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Ariana Ghez is an American classical oboist. She pursued her undergraduate studies at Columbia University where she majored in English literature, and at the Juilliard School, where she studied ...more

John Mack is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Oboists
John Mack was a renowned American oboist. Born in Somerville, New Jersey, Mack attended the Juilliard School of Music, studying oboe with Harold Gomberg and Bruno Labate and then at the Curtis ...more

Giuseppe Sammartini is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Giuseppe Baldassare Sammartini was an Italian composer and oboist during the late Baroque and early Classical era. Although he was from Milan, most of his professional life was spent in London ...more

Jean-Claude Malgoire is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Jean-Claude Malgoire is a French conductor. He was born in Avignon, France and studied music locally and at the Paris Conservatory. His early musical career was as an oboist. In 1966, he founded ...more

Garvin Bushell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Garvin Bushell was an American woodwind multi-instrumentalist. Though never a major name in jazz, Bushell had a lengthy career from the music's early era, to the avant garde of the 1960s.

Diana Doherty is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Diana Doherty is an Australian oboist, currently Principal Oboe with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Léon Goossens is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Léon Jean Goossens, CBE, FRCM was a British oboist. He was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, and studied at the Royal College of Music. His father was violinist and conductor Eugène ...more

Bob Cooper is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Bob Cooper was a West Coast jazz musician known primarily for playing tenor saxophone, but also for being one of the first to play solos on oboe. He worked in Stan Kenton's band starting in 1945 ...more

Paul McCandless is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Paul McCandless Paul McCandless, Jr. is an American jazz woodwind player and composer. He is one of few expert jazz oboists, and also plays English horn, soprano saxophone, sopranino saxophone, bass clarinet, ...more

Paul Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Paul Goodwin Paul Goodwin is an English conductor, and former oboist.

Joseph Gungl is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Joseph Gungl, correct: Josef Gung'l, was a Austrian composer, bandmaster, and conductor.

Harold Gomberg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Harold Gomberg was the principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic from 1943 through 1977. Born in Malden, Massachusetts, Harold and his brother Ralph studied with Marcel Tabuteau, considered ...more

Roscoe Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Roscoe Mitchell is an African-American composer, jazz instrumentalist and educator, mostly known for being "a technically superb – if idiosyncratic – saxophonist." The Penguin Guide to ...more

Engelbert Brenner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Engelbert Brenner, was a soloist on oboe and then English horn who played for 41 years with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Brenner was born in Vienna. He was educated in Europe, and ...more

Jiří Antonín Benda is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Jiří Antonín Benda, also Georg Anton Benda, was a Czech composer, violinist and Kapellmeister of the classical period.

Elaine Douvas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Elaine Douvas has been Principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City since 1977. She is also Instructor of Oboe and Chairman of the Woodwind Department at The Juilliard ...more

Evelyn Barbirolli is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Evelyn, Lady Barbirolli OBE was an English oboist, and the wife of the eminent conductor Sir John Barbirolli. She was born Evelyn Rothwell, and was known professionally by that name until after ...more

Joseph Jarman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Joseph Jarman, is a jazz musician, composer and Shinshu Buddhist priest. He is perhaps best known as one of the first members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and the ...more

John Ferrillo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Oboists
John Ferrillo has been the Principal Oboe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2001. He also teaches at the New England Conservatory and Boston University. Prior to these posts, he was ...more

Alex Klein is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Alex Klein Alex Klein is an oboist who began his musical studies in his native Brazil at the age of nine, and made his solo orchestral debut the following year. At the age of eleven he was invited to join ...more

Hansjörg Schellenberger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Hansjörg Schellenberger Hansjörg Schellenberger is a German oboist and conductor born in 1948. He won the first prize at the German Jugend musiziert Competition with seventeen, which led to a scholarship enabling ...more