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Richard Woodhams

Oboe, Orchestral Repertoire (Woodwinds)


Richard WoodhamsRichard Woodhams, principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1977, is a 1968 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with John de Lancie.

Mr. Woodhams has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States and Asia with the Philadelphia Orchestra, most recently in 2005 with Christoph Eschenbach. In the past decade, he has premiered chamber works by Thea Musgrave, Bernard Rands, Ned Rorem, Ellen Taaffe Zwillich, Adam Wernick, and William Bolcom, and he has collaborated with such artists as Andre Watts, Emanuel Ax, Itzhak Perlman, and the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Shanghai string quartets.

Mr. Woodhams gives master classes frequently in the United States and abroad, and his former students occupy positions in orchestras worldwide. From 1969 to 1977, he was principal oboe of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and he has been a member of the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival since 2000.

Mr. Woodhams joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1985.


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Meet the Faculty: Richard Woodhams
Overtones, September 1992

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