I played an out-of-town gig this past weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia. The other oboist that was hired to play was from the Norfolk area – Kevin Piccini. Kevin is a great oboist, and a very nice guy. I didn’t have to hear more than a few notes of his warmup to know that we are from the same ‘school’ of oboe playing & philosophy. He has a big, rich sound, and controls it masterfully. We discovered that we are both ‘grandchildren’ of the New York Philharmonic’s legendary oboe section under
Bernstein. I was a pupil of Engelbert Brenner, and he of Ronald Roseman. Kevin speaks of his teacher with the same reverence I use to describe my mentor. When not playing together, we were trading stories & comparing notes. A 3 hour rehearsal flew by at rocket speed. The performance was great, and the ‘oboe-ing’ was good & really fun!
Now the kicker – Kevin turns to me right before the lone rehearsal starts and says, “You’re Oboerista, aren’t you.” I’m humbled and honored that a great oboist discovered and reads this blog.