Gordon Hunt

Oboe

Gordon Hunt performs throughout the world as soloist and conductor, directs master classes, and plays with renowned chamber ensembles. He has a distinguished orchestral career as Principal Oboe of the London Chamber Orchestra, and formerly for many years in the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestras. He is also Principal Oboe of the World Orchestra for Peace.

Regarded as one of the world's leading oboists, he has appeared as soloist with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Andrew Davis, Carlo Maria Giulini, Kirill Kondrashin, Riccardo Muti, Sir John Pritchard, Sir Simon Rattle, Giuseppe Sinopoli, and Welser- Möst. A critic wrote of a performance of the Mozart Oboe Concerto in Berlin "With his crystal clear, aristocratic tone, he undoubtedly ranks as one of the greatest exponents of his instrument".

Gordon Hunt has recorded a wide range of music for BMG, EMI and Virgin, including all of Mozart's solo and chamber music. His recording of the Richard Strauss Concerto with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy (Decca) was named the finest available by the Penguin CD Guide. He is the original Gabriel's Oboe in the Morricone score for the 1986 film The Mission.

As a conductor he is widely known. He has been Music Director of the Danish Chamber Players and the Swedish Chamber Winds. He has conducted the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Danish Radio Sinfonietta, the Philharmonia and the Southbank Sinfonia in London, and in the Budapest Spring Festival. He has recently conducted in Brazil, in Tbilisi, Georgia and toured with the winds of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Gordon Hunt is Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and is much in demand for advice from students and professionals worldwide. In 2010 he was designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace.