Andreas Oeste, oboe, is an active performer and chamber musician, originally from the small town of Conway, Arkansas. He began his musical studies on the clarinet and cello, but was allowed to switch to the oboe when his band director noted that he was “nerdy enough.”
Andreas has held several positions with orchestras across the United States, and is currently principal oboe of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (PA) and Battle Creek Symphony (MI), as well as second oboe and English horn with Lexington Philharmonic (KY). He also performs frequently with the new music ensemble ÆPEX Contemporary Performance (MI), which is dedicated to the performance of music by living composers.
As a soloist, Andreas holds prizes from several prominent international competitions: most notably, he was awarded third prize at the International Barbirolli Oboe Competition (2017), received honorable mention at International Double Reed Society’s Hugo-Fox Gillet Competition (2017), and was the only American oboist invited to compete in the Muri International Oboe Competition (2016). Andreas is regularly featured as an orchestral soloist, performing with ensembles such as the Ann Arbor Camerata, Conway Symphony, and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.
Andreas graduated with two bachelor of music degrees from the University of Central Arkansas, in both oboe performance and music composition. He received his master of music degree in both oboe performance and chamber music from the University of Michigan, where he is also finishing his doctorate of musical arts.