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Gordon Hunt (Conductor, Oboe)

Born: London, England

The English oboist and conductor, Gordon Hunt, studied with Terence MacDonagh. He has an acclaimed career in five continents as a soloist and conductor, and also regularly takes master classes and plays with many renowned ensembles. In addition, he has a distinguished orchestral career as Principal Oboe in the Philharmonia Orchestra and London Chamber Orchestra. Previously he has held the same position in the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and has also played as Guest Principal with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Recognised as one of the world's leading oboists, Gordon Hunt appears regularly as soloist with international orchestras, having worked with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Davis, Carlo Maria Giulini, Kirill Kondrashin, Riccardo Muti, Sir John Pritchard, Sir Simon Rattle, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Tate and Welser-Most. A performance of W.A. Mozart's Oboe Concerto in Berlin received a standing ovation, and critics wrote that, "With his crystal clear, aristocratic tone, he undoubtedly ranks as one of the greatest exponents of his instrument". He has performed concertos and recitals throughout the world, including the J.S. Bach's double concerto for violin and oboe with Pinchas Zukerman in Europe, America and the Far East on the English Chamber Orchestra's World Tour.

Gordon Hunt broadcasts frequently on radio and television and his recordings, for many of the major labels, include W.A. Mozart's Oboe Quartet, Concerto and Sinfonia Concertante, and concertos by Malcolm Arnold, Antonio Vivaldi, J.S. Bach and Druschetzky. His recording of the Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy (Decca) was received with great critical acclaim, as was the Haydn Sinfonia Concertante with Zukerman and the English Chamber Orchestra (BMG). A disc of Arthur Bliss, Arnold Bax and Benjamin Britten chamber music for oboe and string quartet, released in 1997 and a disc of British music for solo oboe, "Soliloquy", released in 1998, received glowing reviews in the international record press. Both are on BIS, for whom he recorded concertos by Holmboe and Sæverud in 1999, and the very popular disc of Baroque concertos, "Elevazione".

As a conductor, Gordon Hunt has an increasingly busy schedule. He was Music Director of the Swedish Chamber Winds from 1991-1997 and as well as continuing to work with wind ensembles in several countries, he has appeared with such orchestras as the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in New Zealand. He was Artistic Director of the Danish Chamber Players from 2001-2004. He now works regularly with the Danish Radio Sinfonietta.

Gordon Hunt is an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is much in demand for advice from students and professionals worldwide. He is a member of the jury for the International Oboe Competition of Tokyo, held triennially.

Engagements for the next three years as soloist and conductor include visits to France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, South Africa, South America, the USA, Australia, Canada and Japan, as well as concerts in the UK.

Source: Gordon Hunt Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2005)

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