Gordon Hunt Principal Oboe

Gordon Hunt was born in London and studied with Terence MacDonagh. He performs throughout the world as soloist and conductor, directs masterclasses and plays with renowned chamber ensembles. He also has a distinguished orchestral career as Principal Oboe of the Philharmonia Orchestra and London Chamber Orchestras and has previously held the same position with the London Philharmonic. He is also Principal Oboe of the World Orchestra for Peace.

Regarded as one of the world's leading oboists, he has appeared as soloist with many of the world's major conductors. A critic wrote of a performance of the Mozart Oboe Concerto in Berlin "With his crystal clear, aristocratic tone, he undoubtedly ranks as one of the greatest exponents of his instrument". For four decades he has performed concertos and recitals on six continents. In 2005 he played the Adagio from Albinoni’s D minor concerto at the Service of Dedication and Prayer to celebrate the marriage of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. In 2008 he was soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, televised live to over 30,000,000 homes across the world.

Gordon has recorded a wide range of music for various labels, including all the Mozart solo repertoire. He has made several recordings for BIS, of which “elevazione”, a very successful disc of popular concertos, he also directed. His recording of the Richard Strauss Concerto with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy (Decca) has been named the finest available by the Penguin CD Guide.

He is gaining a worldwide reputation as a conductor, with concerts this year in New Zealand, Brazil and the U.S.A.

Gordon Hunt is Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, and is a member of the jury for the International Oboe Competition of Japan. In 2010 he was designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace.

Gordon Hunt plays an XL oboe made by Howarth of London.

In his free time, he is passionate about fly fishing for trout and salmon.

The Philharmonia's Principal Oboe's Chair is endowed by Elizabeth Aitken

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