Assistant Principal Oboe
The Gilchrist Foundation Chair
Michael Henoch was appointed assistant principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Sir Georg Solti in 1972, while he was still a student. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music with highest honors from Northwestern University where he studied with Ray Still, former principal oboe of the CSO, and was a regular member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra for three years.
Henoch debuted as a soloist at Carnegie Hall in 1970 with the New York String Orchestra. This led to an invitation to play principal oboe at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Henoch has performed at many other summer festivals, including Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart and the Carmel Bach festivals.
In 1996, Henoch was named artistic codirector of the Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM), an ensemble he performed with from the group’s inception in 1986. He worked closely with Pierre Boulez, who served as the group’s music advisor. In 2008, Henoch founded Dempster Street Pro Musica, an ensemble dedicated to presenting chamber music concerts of the highest quality in a casual atmosphere.
Henoch has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, appearing with noted conductors Sir Georg Solti, Daniel Barenboim, David Zinman and Alexander Schneider. He has also performed as principal oboe on more than 50 of the CSO’s recordings, many of them Grammy Award winners. Currently, Henoch is professor of oboe at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.