Omar Zoboli

Born in Modena (Italy). Oboe studies with Sergio Possidoni, Heinz Holliger, Paul Dombrecht. Experience and inspiration gained by working with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Frans Brueggen. Philosophy Faculty at Università Bologna/ Italy. First Prizes at the International Competition of Ancona and at the Italian Television (RAI) Competition for Young Performers 1978. He owes his international reputation largely to his first recordings (among others a CD dedicated to A.Pasculli, the “Paganini of the Oboe”) which were received with great acclaim, and brought engagements at various festivals and with major orchestras in Berlin, Rotterdam, Paris, Warsaw, Lugano, Geneva, Zurich, Basel, Milan, London, Japan and the United States. Besides being a soloist, he is an enthusiastic performer varying from duo to baroque ensemble, playing on period instruments, and from wind octet (Ottetto Classico Italiano) to larger string-wind groups and contemporary music included improvisation. Composers like Bussotti, Castiglioni, Glass, Gaudibert, Hoch, Lucchetti, Möschinger, Pagliarani and many others have written for and dedicated works to him. He has recorded a DVD (Lebrun Concerto, Frans Brüggen conducting) and about 30 LPs and CDs for Accord, Claves, Divox, Ex Libris, Harmonia Mundi, Jecklin, Koch-Schwann, Stradivarius, Teldec and others with works that represent the oboe repertoire of the last three centuries at its very best. Omar Zoboli has been oboe soloist of the Radio Orchestras of Lugano (RSI) and Naples (RAI), of the St.Gallen Symphony Orchestra and of the Basel Chamber Orchestra. Baroque and classical Oboes with Concentus Musicus Wien (Nikolaus Harnoncourt), Il Giardino Armonico (Giovanni Antonini), Scintilla Orchester Zürich, I Barocchisti (Diego Fasolis). Since 1991 he has also been conducting with great succes his hown projects with large wind ensembles and orchestras. He has been invited to give master classes in England (Royal College of Music in Kensington and Royal Academy of Music), Spain, Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, South America, China. He has been teaching oboe and chamber music at the Basel Music Academy.
Since 2008 he is working intensively on chamber music methodology and practice, giving experimental courses in Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano.