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John Ferrillo

John Ferrillo, oboe

John Ferrillo joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as principal oboe at the start of the 2001 Tanglewood season, having appeared with the orchestra several times as a guest performer in previous seasons. From 1986 to 2001 he was principal oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mr. Ferrillo grew up in Bedford, Massachusetts, and played in the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, where he studied with John deLancie and received his diploma and Artist's certificate. He also studied with John Mack at the Blossom Festival and has participated in the Marlboro, Craftsbury, and Monadnock festivals. He has taught and performed at the Aspen and Waterloo festivals.

Prior to his appointment at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Ferrillo was second oboe of the San Francisco Symphony, and was a faculty member at Illinois State University and West Virginia State University. A former faculty member of the Mannes School of Music, John Ferrillo served on the faculty of the Juilliard School from 1987 until 2002; he joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory in 2002, and currently teaches at Boston University, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the National Orchestral Institute.

He has been a guest soloist with numerous groups in the Northeast, including the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the Buffalo Philharmonic.  He performed the Strauss Oboe Concerto with the BSO and James Levine in the 2004-2005 season. In collaboration with the late Martha Rearick and Theodore Presser Publications he has prepared a book of oboe excerpts with piano accompaniment and advice for audition preparation.

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Ferrillo to the Historical Piano Concerts, series.