CSO Musician Portraits Principal Oboe Eugen Izotov

Eugene Izotov

Praised as “brilliant” (San Francisco Chronicle) and as “one of the top players of his time” (Chicago Sun Times), Russian-born oboist Eugene Izotov combines a multi-faceted career of orchestral, solo, teaching and chamber music engagements. Appointed by Daniel Barenboim in 2005, Eugene Izotov serves as the principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Over the past twenty years he has enjoyed numerous affiliations with leading orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (New York), Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Izotov’s numerous awards include top prizes at solo competitions in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, New York and the Fernand Gillet International Competition. He has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and with the MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. As a chamber musician, Izotov has regular partnerships with Yefim Bronfman, Pinchas Zukerman, Emanuel Ax, Jaime Laredo, James Levine, André Watts, Michael Tilson Thomas, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Tokyo String Quartet.

Mr. Izotov teaches at DePaul and Roosevelt universities and has previously taught at the Juilliard School and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2003 at the invitation of James Levine, Mr. Izotov joined the woodwind faculty of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. Since 2005 he has served on the International Principals faculty of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. He also served as the oboe mentor for the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, which included a live Internet simulcast to over thirty million worldwide viewers. Eugene Izotov studied at the Gnesin School with Ivan Pushechnikov and Sergey Velikanov and at Boston University with Ralph Gomberg.