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Richard Woodhams

Oboe, Orchestral Repertoire (Woodwinds)

Richard Woodhams

Richard 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, performing works by Bach, Bellini, Haydn, George Rochberg, Christopher Rouse, Joan Tower, and Vaughan Williams. He has premiered chamber works by William Bolcom, Thea Musgrave, Bernard Rands, Ned Rorem, Adam Wernick, and Ellen Taaffe Zwillich. He has also collaborated with such artists as Emanuel Ax, Itzhak Perlman, and Andre Watts; and the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Shanghai string quartets. His recordings include Strauss’s Oboe Concerto with the Philadelphia orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch and Joan Tower’s Island Prelude with the Tokyo String Quartet.

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