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Eugene Izotov

Russian oboist

Personal Life

Eugene Izotov was born on the 28th of November 1973 in Moscow, Russia. Little is known about his early life as he prefers privacy. Izotov studied Oboe at the Gnesin School of Music under the tutelage of Ivan Pusechnikov and Sergey Velikanov. After studying in Russia, he immigrated to the United States to study at the Boston University with Ralph Gomberg.

Izotov currently serves on the oboe faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, having previously served on the faculty of The Juilliard School and DePaul University. From 2003 to 2006, he served on the faculty of the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.


Izotov is the first Russian-born oboist in any major United States symphony orchestra. Throughout his career, he has worked as the Principal Oboist of the Chicago Symphony, Principal Oboist of the Metropolitan Opera and Principal Oboist of the Kansas Symphony Orchestra; He currently serves as the Principal Oboist of the San Francisco Symphony. Izotov has also appeared as guest Principal Oboe with the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic.

Izotov is recognized as one of the world’s premier orchestral oboists, having been awarded top prizes at international competitions for solo oboists in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, New York and the First Prize at the 2001 Fernand Gillet International Oboe Competition. In addition to competition, he has worked as a chamber musician and has worked with a variety of artists, including: the Tokyo String Quartet, Yenfim Bronfman, Emanuel Ax, Andre Watts, Jaime Laredo, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Tilson Thomas, Nicholas McGegan, James Levin, Riccardo Muti and Bernard Haitink.

Izotov is a regular guest artist at the New World Symphony, Oberlin Conservatory, Juilliard, Coburn School, Cleveland Institute of Music and Lynn University. Since 2005, he has served on the International Principals faculty of the Pacific Music Festival.


Did You Know?

Izotov was the oboe mentor for the 2011 Youtube Symphony which consisted of musicians found through the website.

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