Oboists gather for dinner in New York

Posted on: December 3, 2009

In Thursday’s (12/3) New York Times, Daniel J. Wakin writes, “They talked of Vivaldi concertos and legendary teachers, performance anxiety and those pesky critics. Oligarchs of the oboe world gathered on Monday for a private dinner, buffet style, in a quiet corner of Greenwich Village. The event drew players from the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Soloists, prominent teachers and hotshot up-and-comers came too. As a precaution against old jealousies and rivalries, they were not told who was invited, but knew the name of the guest of honor: Albrecht Mayer, a principal oboist of the Berlin Philharmonic, a European star and a potential heir to the celebrated soloist Heinz Holliger. Mr. Mayer is in town to play the Strauss Oboe Concerto on Saturday night with Orpheus at Carnegie Hall. … The dinner was organized by Matthew Dine, the principal oboist of the American Ballet Theater orchestra and a member of Orpheus. It was held at the loft of his mother, the filmmaker Nancy Dine.”

Posted December 3, 2009