List of Famous Oboists

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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.