He’s 22. I’m not really certain if a 22 year old can already be a leading oboe player, even if he’s the best ever.

But in any case, I’d love to hear him! Alas, I can’t locate any videos of him, nor do I see recordings anywhere.

I didn’t mean to sound snarky above. Really. And I would love to hear this guy. I’m just not sure one can be leading when so young. But you can prove me wrong. I’m okay with that! 🙂

And I still really want to hear this guy!

ONE OF the world’s leading oboe players is being flown over from Germany to perform a special concert in Ryde next Friday.

Matthieu Petitjean, this year’s winner of the prestigious Barbirolli International Oboe Competition, is to perform with The Sinfonietta at All Saints’ Church.

The competition began on the Island in 1991 and is now held bi-annually on the Isle of Man.

Because of the competition’s link with the Island, the 22 year old has been invited to perform a concert on it. Promoters, Island Concerts, is flying the artist from Hannover to play.

Matthieu will play Bach’s Oboe Concerto In F and Marcello’s Oboe Concerto.



  1. If I haven’t heard of him, he’s not that prestigious.

    (This is how I always judge these things. It does not always work, to be fair.)

  2. Gee, you must know a lot more people than I. I can’t use that way of judging. Go figure.

  3. You are a better person than me.

  4. Nope, Ren. Just know fewer people. (I really a hermit ….)

    If I were a better person I wouldn’t be wanting so badly to correct your grammar! 😉

  5. Besides … you don’t like Mozart. 😉