San Francisco Opera had second oboe auditions this week. They were scheduled for four days, and I can’t imagine how exhausted both the players and the committee are at this point! But they have a winner.

Congratulations to Gabriel Young! I look forward to hearing you play next year. (Yes, we have season tickets again.)

Marcello, in 2015 (From YouTube: “19-year-old Gabriel Young (winner of the program’s concerto competition) in the final concert of the 2015 National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.”):

Here he is, playing the Mozart, in 2016:

And the Strauss. Memorized.

Obviously a fine, fine player! Very musical, which matters very much to me.

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