12. January 2018 · Comments Off on Alex Klein on Living the Classical Life · Categories: Oboe, Videos

So very interesting! Imagine starting out by just having a reed to play most days of the week!

Also interesting to hear him say he put “no” on an audition paper because he didn’t like he way the woman left … as if she was angry. Guess there was no screen.

The discussion on focal dystonia is truly heart-breaking. I have always said, and will continue to say, “I am not my oboe.” I hope I mean it.

Go to about 40 minutes in and it is fascinating what his brain is telling him. Wow. And DOUBLE WOW to the dystonia being “task specific”: “I can play oboe d’amore, I can play English horn, I can play Baroque oboe” … amazing.

And yes, oboe is, for most, NOT an old age playing instrument. He said he can’t imagine playing after age 65. :-)

Alex Klein – Living the Classical Life: Episode 51 from Elyria Pictures on Vimeo.

05. January 2018 · Comments Off on Liang Wang · Categories: Oboe

So true about it being so personal, I think … I feel the same about English horn. But I suppose every instrumentalist might say that about his or her instrument though, right?

16. December 2017 · Comments Off on Let It Snow! · Categories: Oboe

… or, in our case, a bit of rain would be nice.

This is absolutely delightful!

Jule Styne: Let It Snow! (or should I write “Lät it schnou”?), arr. Mykyta Sierov
Oboenkalsse Weimar: Oboists (I-IV): Katharina Althen, Leopold Kern, Sabrina Fürtsch, Viktoria Kassel, English horn: Alba Szymanski; Guitar: Mykyta Sierov

16. December 2017 · Comments Off on Thanks, Nicholas Daniel! · Categories: Christmas, Oboe

From Nicholas Daniel (and thank, Nicholas, for your permission to post!):

Early Merry Christmas and seasonal glad tidings from my Trossingen class with some Philidor.

Nicholas Daniel (@ndanielmusic on Twitter)

The percussion section is wonderful! :-)

03. November 2017 · Comments Off on It takes time, but have a listen! · Categories: Competitions, Oboe

There was controversy when no first prize was given to these three oboists (all were awarded second). I am not going to give my opinion on this, but just share their final performances. Because I can. But oh the booing when Elaine Douvas announced (Go to 1:10) that all were being given that second prize!

Jury: Elaine Douvas (Chair), Washington Barella, Nicholas Daniel, Christoph Hartmann, Louise Pellerin, Jorma Valjakka, Paulus van der Merwe

For the semi finals they played the Mozart. If you click through I’m sure you’ll see the links.

Kindly refrain from doing any critiquing (of either the oboists or the committee) in the comments here. This is just a share and nothing more. (Do I prefer one over another? Well … one always has a fave, right? Or at least nearly always.)

But what fine playing by all, and of course I’m impressed by their memorization.)

Juliana Koch (Germany) (audience prize)

Kyeong Ham (South Korea)

Thomas Hutchinson, (New Zealand) (prize for best performance of the new composition)

01. November 2017 · 1 comment · Categories: Oboe

Spanish oboist Ramón Ortega Quero — aka Ramon Ortega — will be the next Principal Oboe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

He will take over the position vacated by Ariana Ghez earlier this year.

The native of Granada is currently Principal Oboe of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Mariss Jansons, Principal Conductor) and a member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (Daniel Barenboim, founder and conductor). He has regularly appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts throughout Europe, including performances of the Strauss Oboe Concerto, Marceau de Salon by Johan Wenzel Kalliwoda, and the world premiere of Legacy, an oboe concerto by Oscar Navarro in both symphony orchestra version and wind band arrangement.


21. October 2017 · Comments Off on All the best to you, Richard Woodhams! · Categories: Oboe, Retiring

Richard Woodhams, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s celebrated principal oboist for four decades, has decided to retire. Woodhams plans to play through the orchestra’s 2017-18 season, including summer concerts, and then step down, an orchestra spokeswoman said.

“I think I am still playing well and am in good health, and I think that’s the right time to do this sort of thing for me. It was pretty simple,” said Woodhams. “That’s basically my rationale. I’m 68 years old, and all good things must come to an end. When you play a piece of music, you want a nice beginning and a convincing ending. I just thought it was a good time to move on.”


He joined Philadelphia in 1977. That’s one mighty fine and lengthy career! Congratulations, Mr. Woodhams!

12. October 2017 · Comments Off on Reminder: Scott Hostetler Masterclass, October 21 · Categories: Masterclass, Oboe

Questions? Contact Gabrielle Castriotta at gmcastriotta [at] gmail [dot] com
(If I could attend I would. Alas, symphony calls!)

And here … have a campus map too!

05. October 2017 · Comments Off on This Morning · Categories: Listen, Oboe

… is brought to you by Telemann and a very talented young oboist, HyunJung Song.

Okay … THIS.

This video makes me smile and smile, and that is something we all can use right now, I think. What sweet music making by these young girls! (The video is from August 2016, so I now must go look for more!)

From the YouTube page:
Tomaso Albinoni Concerto for 2 oboes opus 9 no 3 in F major – First Movement – ABRSM High Achiever Concert 2016 HK

young oboe duet player – Wong Sa Wong Si
Pianist – Ms Lai Bo Ling (trio)
@DBS Hong Kong