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First Name: John
Last Name: de Lancie
Bio: John de Lancie was born in 1922 in San Francisco, California and studied oboe there with Julien Shanis. In 1963 he was admitted into Marcel Tabuteau's class at the Curtis Institute at 14, and he joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra after graduation. During World War II, he was a member of the Army Band and was in Germany with the occupational forces at the conclusion of the war as a general's aide. It was in Garmisch that he met Richard Strauss and asked the 80 year old composer to write an oboe concerto. (Later Strauss had forgotten de Lancie's Philadelphia connection and was quoted as saying he wrote the work for "" that young man from Chicago.") After completed his military service, de Lancie returned to America and began, in 1947, a 30-year career with the Philadelphia Orchestra, assuming principal oboe when Tabuteau retired in 1954. When he retired from the orchestra in 1977, he became Director of the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia from 1977 to 1981 and the New World School in Miami from 1981 to 1992. In 1987, forty years after their initial encounter, de Lancie recorded the Strauss Oboe Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Even in retirement, John de Lancie remains active. This past summer he sailed the Atlantic in a 42 foot craft!
Source: Double Reed 21/2 (1998)