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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 (24 March [O.S. 14 March] 1681 – 25 June 1767) (German pronunciation: [ˈteːləman]) was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught ...more

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Rahsaan Roland Kirk (August 7, 1935 – December 5, 1977) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who played tenor saxophone, flute, and many other instruments. He was renowned for his onstage ...more
Andy Mackay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Andrew "Andy" Mackay (born 23 July 1946) is an English multi-instrumentalist, best known as a founding member (playing oboe and saxophone) of the art rock group Roxy Music. In ...more

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Karl Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Sir Karl William Pamp Jenkins (born 17 February 1944) is a Welsh musician and composer. His best known works include the song "Adiemus" and the Adiemus album series; Palladio; The ...more

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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 (born William Emanuel Huddleston; October 9, 1920 – December 23, 2013) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, and prominent figure among the Ahmadiyya Community ...more

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William Herschel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Frederick William Herschel, (; German: Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel; 15 November 1738 – 25 August 1822) was a German-born British astronomer, composer and brother of fellow astronomer Caroline ...more

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Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Sufjan Stevens ( SOOF-yahn; born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His debut album A Sun Came was released in 1999 on the Asthmatic Kitty label, which he ...more

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Edo de Waart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Edo de Waart (born 1 June 1941, Amsterdam) is a Dutch conductor. He is music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, an Artistic Partner ...more

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Charles Mackerras is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Sir Alan Charles Maclaurin Mackerras (; 17 November 1925 – 14 July 2010) was an Australian conductor. He was an authority on the operas of Janáček and Mozart, and the comic operas of ...more
Mitch Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Mitchell William Miller (July 4, 1911 – July 31, 2010) was an American oboist, conductor, record producer and record 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 (May 11, 1895 – December 3, 1978) was an American composer of more than 150 works, including five symphonies and eight operas. Often referred to as "the Dean" of ...more
Stuart Dunkel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Stuart Dunkel is an oboist and painter based in Massachusetts. 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 ...more
Kjartan Sveinsson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Kjartan "Kjarri" Sveinsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈcʰar̥tan ˈsveinsɔn]; born 2 January 1978) is former keyboardist for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. He joined the ...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 (November 12, 1923 – June 16, 2009) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and soprano saxophonist.
Mick Karn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Andonis Michaelides (Greek: Αντώνης Μιχαηλίδης; 24 July 1958 – 4 January 2011), better known as Mick Karn, was an English-Cypriot musician and songwriter who rose to fame as the bassist for the ...more
Lindsay Cooper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Lindsay Cooper (3 March 1951 – 18 September 2013) 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 ...more
Dewey Redman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Walter Dewey Redman (May 17, 1931 – September 2, 2006) was an American saxophonist who performed free jazz as a bandleader and with Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett. Redman played tenor ...more
Heinz Holliger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Heinz Robert Holliger (born 21 May 1939) 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 (21 October 1935 – 17 October 2002) was a Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist and composer who was best known for his accompaniment work on ...more
Douglas Boyd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Douglas Boyd (born 1959, Glasgow, Scotland) 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 ...more
Don Redman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Donald Matthew Redman (July 29, 1900 – November 30, 1964) was an American jazz musician, arranger, bandleader, and composer.
Giovanni Benedetto Platt... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Oboists
Giovanni Benedetto Platti (born possibly 9 July 1697 (according to other sources 1690, 1692, 1700) in Padua, belonging to Venice at the time; died 11 January 1763 in Würzburg) was an ...more