What do the world’s most prominent oboists have to say about their musical ideas, performance techniques, and teaching strategies? Authors Michele L. Fiala and Martin Schuring, themselves skilled oboists, undertook the project of asking 26 of them about their musicianship and pedagogy. The results are collected in Great Oboists on Music and Musicianship, which provides a unique window into how these virtuosi of wind instruments think about their craft.
Each chapter paints an engaging portrait of a leading oboist that allows them to share–in their own words–their insights on the performance techniques, learning strategies, and career moves that propelled them to their current stature. The captivating prose chapters that Fiala and Schuring composed from the interviews allow each artist’s personality to shine through as they convey their hard-won wisdom on topics such as musical interpretation, the relationship between vocal and instrumental music, being a good ensemble player, and warm-up routines. The diverse array of musicians portrayed in this book includes orchestral and solo performers from across North America, Europe, and Australia. Their practical advice will resonate not just with oboists but also with players and teachers of other instruments as they pursue their own musical journeys.