Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra announced today that John Snow, the Orchestra’s longtime Associate Principal Oboe, has been appointed to the position of Principal Oboe.
Snow, who joined the Orchestra in 1999, will begin his new role next week at the first concerts of the 2017-18 Minnesota Orchestra subscription season. This appointment was made following Principal Oboe Joseph Peters’ departure to the North Carolina Symphony.
“John Snow is a wonderful musician who has contributed so much to the Minnesota Orchestra since he joined in 1999,” said Music Director Osmo Vänskä. “I am delighted that he will now serve as our Principal Oboe.”
Profile: John Snow
Prior to joining the Minnesota Orchestra, John Snow was principal oboe of the New Zealand Symphony. He served as Acting Principal Oboe of the Minnesota Orchestra from February 2014 through December 2015. He has also performed as guest principal for the major symphony orchestras of Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Detroit and Washington, D.C., as well as for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Santa Fe Opera and Seattle Opera. He was a member of the oboe sections in the National Symphony of Costa Rica, Detroit Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (New York).
An active chamber musician, Snow is a member of The Musical Offering and performs frequently on the Minnesota Orchestra’s Chamber Music series. He performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with which he has toured Japan and Europe and recorded for the Deutsche Grammophon label. He has commissioned and/or premiered several works. Most recent of these was Laura Kaminsky’s Oboe Concerto, commissioned by the International Double Reed Society and premiered by Snow in New York in August 2014.
Snow received a master’s degree in music from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Ronald Roseman. He has served on the faculties of the University of Texas in Austin, the State University of New York at Geneseo, Ithaca College, St. Olaf College and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, and was a visiting professor of oboe at the Eastman School of Music. He joined the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2000. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.
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