Ryan Roberts joined the New York Philharmonic as English horn / oboe in September 2019. He has performed with many of the country’s leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. A passionate teacher, Ryan serves on the oboe faculty at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and has been a guest lecturer at The Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As an oboist, Ryan Roberts received first prize at the International Double Reed Society 2018 Norma Hooks Young Artist Competition and the National Society of Arts and Letters 2018 Woodwind Competition.
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Before joining the Philharmonic, Roberts spent one season as a member of the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Roberts recently premiered Michael Torke’s South, Concerto for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra, with the Albany Symphony, and recorded the work for release on Albany Records. An avid chamber musician, he performs at the Marlboro Music Festival during the summer under artistic directors Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss, and has collaborated in recitals with the Gamut Bach Ensemble, the Pacifica Quartet, and pianist Emanuel Ax.
As a Kovner Fellow graduate of The Juilliard School, Ryan Roberts studied with Elaine Douvas and appeared frequently as principal oboe of the Juilliard Orchestra, where he was recognized by The New York Times for his “exquisite” performance as the English horn soloist in Sibelius’s The Swan of Tuonela, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen, in 2017. Roberts has been a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and spent three summers as the oboe fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. In 2016 he was featured as a recital soloist aboard the Crystal Symphony cruise line, touring Portugal, Spain, France, and England.
Ryan Roberts is also an accomplished pianist, having made his concerto debut at age 11. When he isn’t busy making reeds, Ryan can be found practicing piano, surfing, or running with his retired racing whippet, Malley.