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First Name: Richard
Last Name: Woodhams
Bio: Richard Woodhams is Principal Oboe of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He is a native of Northern California and comes from a musical family. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with John de Lancie, his distinguished predecessor in the Orchestra. Upon graduation he was appointed by Walter Susskind to be principal oboe of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, remaining there until he assumed his present position in 1977. Mr. Woodhams has been a soloist in collaboration with both Eugene Ormandy and Riccardo Muti, among others, playing the first subscription performances of works by Strauss, Haydn, Bellini, Vaughan Williams, and Joan Tower. He has received The Philadelphia Orchestra's C. Hartman Kuhn Award, and he also holds the Orchestra's first endowed chair, given by the Samuel S. Fels Foundation. In addition to his orchestral work, Mr. Woodhams is independently active as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, having played in the United States, Canada, and Japan. He is a member of the faculties of Temple University and the Curtis Institute, teaching both the oboe and woodwind orchestral literature.
Source: The Double Reed 15/3 (Winter 1992)