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Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Woodwinds - Oboe

Eugene Izotov

Principal Oboe
The Nancy and Larry Fuller Chair

Described as "one of the top players of his time" (Chicago Sun Times), Russian-born oboist Eugene Izotov combines a multi-faceted career of orchestral, solo, teaching and chamber music engagements. Appointed by Daniel Barenboim in 2005, Eugene Izotov is the principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and over the past twenty years has enjoyed numerous affiliations and guest appearances with leading orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (New York), Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Izotov is the first Russian-born musician to hold a principal oboe position in any major American symphony orchestra.

Izotov appears regularly as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and he has also been a featured soloist with the Boston Symphony, Kansas City Symphony and San Francisco Symphony. His solo recording Sound in Motion has been released on Boston Records and includes works by Rachmaninoff, Silvestrini, Pasculli, Bozza and Ravel. An avid chamber musician, Izotov has collaborated regularly with the MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, as well as with Yefim Bronfman, Pinchas Zukerman, Jamie Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, James Levine, André Watts, Michael Tilson Thomas and the Tokyo String Quartet. Izotov’s numerous awards include top prizes at solo competitions in New York, Saint Petersburg, Moscow and the Fernand Gillet International Competition.

Izotov teaches at DePaul and Roosevelt universities and has previously taught at the Juilliard School and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He presents regular master classes at conservatories across the nation and abroad, such as the Juilliard School, New World Symphony, Boston University, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, Tanglewood Institute and Interlochen Center for the Arts. In 2003, at the invitation of Maestro James Levine, Izotov joined the woodwind faculty of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. Since 2005 he serves on the International Principals faculty of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. Izotov served as the oboe mentor for the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra during its residency at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, which included a live internet simulcast to over 33 million worldwide viewers.

Born in Moscow, Russia, Izotov studied at the Gnesin School of Music with Ivan Pushechnikov and Sergey Velikanov and at Boston University School of Fine Arts with Ralph Gomberg.

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September 2012

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