John Snow, oboe
John Snow joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1999 in the role of second oboe, was appointed to the Associate Principal position in 2004 and became Principal Oboe in 2017. He previously held the position of Principal Oboe with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as guest principal for the major symphony orchestras of Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Detroit and Washington, D.C., as well as for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Santa Fe Opera and Seattle Opera, the latter for their production of Wagner’s complete Ring cycle. He was also a member of the oboe sections in the National Symphony of Costa Rica, Detroit Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (New York). Snow has won two McKnight Fellowships for Performing Musicians, one each in 2005 and 2011. In 2008 he was featured with three Orchestra colleagues in performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante under the direction of Sarah Hicks. He performed another Mozart work, the Oboe Concerto, in January 2011 concerts led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Most recently, in October 2015, he was featured in Minnesota Orchestra concerts performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.
An active chamber musician, Snow is a member of the Musical Offering and performs frequently on the Minnesota Orchestra Chamber Music series. He performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with which he has toured Japan and Europe and recorded for the Deutsche Grammophon label. Snow is co-founder of the Detroit Chamber Winds, the New Zealand Soloists and the Talisman Trio, an ensemble specializing in music for oboe, bassoon and piano. He has appeared at the Norfolk Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Victoria Bach Festival, Classicfest, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and Oregon Bach Festival. In 1998 he made his debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.